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This book of structured activities for use in teaching about culture, ethnicity and diversity comprises easy-to-use classroom and training exercises that are both engaging to participants and effective as learning tools. The contributors offer tools to those teachers and trainers who strive to increase understanding of and communication between ethnic and racial groups. The book is arranged so that users may easily draw upon the activities to involve students and bring abstract concepts into the realm of the students' own experiences.

Cognitive Site Mapping: Placing Yourself in (Con)Text
Cognitive site mapping: Placing yourself in (con)text
ElizabethRenfro
Susan WileyHardwick
Concepts

Contemporary scholars—and poets since humankind's beginning—have recognized that we humans socially construct certain foundational Truths (Belyea, 1992; Garfinkle, 1967; Geertz, 1973) through which we interpret everything in our world. Much current social and educational theory has drawn from this a discouraging picture of dominant systems of belief and practice that stifle, silence, and disempower alternative visions and meaning-making systems. Many recent social constructivist theories, however, challenge the standard binary model of power and culture interactions (oppressor/oppressed; insider/outsider) that denies agency to those outside the dominant group (Minh-Ha, 1991; Taylor, 1991). They instead call attention to the dialectical relationship that occurs when diverse beliefs and practices come into contact. Although not denying ...

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