TEFLA, BSc, BEd, MEd
Book: "A to Z: Cultural Perspectives in Education"
Writing "A to Z: Cultural Perspectives in Education" was an absolutely rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable experience. I wished to write a book that would demonstrate the role of cultural perspectives in education. Late one evening it 'all came together' for me. As I thought - 'What does education mean to me?' - I realized it meant teaching and teaching meant students. Yes students ... this was the direction I would take. I would write and compile a book that would be of interest to students - to all students whether they be in elementary school or university. From here the idea of 'A to Z' germinated; 'A to Z' the building blocks of communication that we first learn upon entering school.
For younger school children I have prepared - for each letter of the alphabet - a short four line poem that identifies how students may perceive their differences in a multicultural environment - be it the classroom or the community, followed with a list of how the children, despite their differences, are all similar.
To ensure that the book meets the interest of the university level students I have used 'A to Z' to aid them in searching out the names of researchers and famous individuals found in the field of 'culture and education'. I have given quotations from their work which I hope students will find inspirational.
The masterpiece illustrations were prepared by a grade 12 students at the time - Kim Seon Min. Her art is truly inspirational!! Her talent is a wondrous gift.
-Vaughan M. Blaney