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Designed to enhance curriculum building for educators who wish to introduce into their classrooms some ideas about Asian philosophy and spirituality, this annotated bibliography centers on Eastern traditions emphasizing holistic or universal consciousness. The bibliography of multicultural literature highlighting holism in the writings of Eastern and Western spirituality presents an alternative to the longstanding trend toward dualistic Anglo-European cultural hegemony in Western education and offers a fresh perspective for interested teachers. Listings are categorized as fiction or nonfiction, with critical discussions of books and materials, and recommendations for classroom use. The six books listed under "fiction" were published between 1955 and 1991. The 11 books listed under "nonfiction" were published between 1977 and 1990. The themes presented in the bibliography can be included in units addressing holistic awareness, respect and compassion for others, environmental preservation through oneness with nature, and other themes, and can be introduced into language arts, social studies, history, or other subject areas by teachers seeking new ideas in values clarification and multicultural instruction. (NKA)

Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Childrens Literature, Cultural Context, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Holistic Approach, Intercultural Communication, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Multicultural Education, Non Western Civilization, Religious Cultural Groups, Secondary School Teachers, Spiritual Development, Spirituality, Thematic Approach

Autor: Stewart, Richard D.


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