Chee Min Fui

National Institute of Education

Teaching The Enduring Understandings About Culture in Primary Social Studies

"Educating the young for multicultural understanding and social cohesion are amongst the most important goals of Social Studies. Teachers can broaden and deepen the learning of the concept of culture in order to help students to understand cultural differences and similarities across different communities and to better appreciate the diversities in their midst. This paper offers several enduring understandings about culture that can guide curricular and instructional decisions. Finally, it suggests learning activities that teachers can consider to augment the food, festival and artefacts approach that is commonly used in schools to teach about cultural diversity."

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