History Faculty Publications and Presentations

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Conference Proceeding

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During the past decade, it has been made clear that educational structures and curricula must become responsive to student needs and aspirations. Many minority groups are calling for development of an educational system which includes the study of ethnic heritages and aspirations. The response has been the inauguration of black, Chicano, and American Indian studies. The growing acceptability of ethnic courses offers hope for future educational innovations in which the study of history will play an integral role. The content of U.S. history should include the many ethnic cultures which have become part of the democratic experience. In this paper, the Mexican American culture, which has contributed to the nation's historical development, is singled out. Emphasizing a content structure using three history modules, the paper also demonstrates how these can be incorporated in teaching U.S. history. The presentation methodology and material development are left to the teacher. The three modules are: (1) America and Europe Meet; (2) Independence Movements; and (3) Immigration. These areas demonstrate where the multicultural approach can be used in history study. (NQ)



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