ERIC Number: ED332146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Student Perceptions of the Role of the Reader Project. Role of the Reader 1989. Research Report.
Johnston, Kerry; Crawford, Patricia
A study investigated students' perceptions of the Role of the Reader Project, which was designed to legitimize, normalize, and validate the experiences of all students representing racial and ethnic groups in Canada's multicultural society through the identification and discussion of racial and ethnic bias in literature and through the teaching of a multicultural curriculum. Subjects, about 80 male and female junior and senior high school students from the many cultures represented in Canadian classrooms, were chosen by teachers who felt positive about their own implementation of the Role of the Reader program. Information was gathered by means of a series of focus group interviews. Results of the interviews indicated that: (1) students appeared to have a much greater knowledge of racial and cultural biases than they were being given credit for by the education system; (2) either the issue of racial and cultural bias was being appropriately addressed in the classroom or it was not being addressed at all; and (3) the interviewers, teachers, and school administrators became more aware of the racially sensitive material with which all teachers were being confronted. (Appendixes containing a list of books used in the English curriculum questions for student interviews, and additional student comments are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North York Board of Education, Willowdale (Ontario).
Identifiers: Canada; Role of the Reader Project