Thursday, February 19, 2015

A to Z: Cultural Perspectives in Education

Vaughan M. Blaney
BSc(UNB,Canada), BEd(UNB,Canada), TEFLA(University of Cambridge), MEd(HKU, Hong Kong)

Book: "A to Z: Cultural Perspectives in Education"

A to Z: Cultural Perspectives in Education is a fantastic combination of elementary and adult cultural awareness.  Moreover, it provides a vibrant and visually stunning look at our multicultural world.
-Editorial Department, Random House Canada

The Letter 'C'...

Chopsticks, knife
Fork and spoon
Or eat with your fingers
It must be noon

Come now, although we are different, all can agree that we:
  • cry salty tears 
  • care about our families 
  • enjoy colouring a special picture 
  • know a centipede has many legs 
  • dislike cruelty 
  • love to draw with a brand new crayon 
  • enjoy chocolate treats 
  • comb our hair 
  • wonder 'what is a cloud'?
  • know how to print the letter

In any society, individuals are gathered into social groups or social strata on the basis of attributes and frame. The way in which these underlying factors are commonly weighted bears a close reciprocal relationship to the values that develop in the social consciousness of the people in the society. For example, the group consciousness of the Japanese depends considerably on the immediate social context, or frame, whereas in India it lies in attribute (most symbolically expressed in caste, which is fundamentally a social group based on the ideology of occupation and kinship).

Chie, Nakane

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