ERIC Number: ED362872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Promoting Multicultural Understanding through Collaborative Investigation of Quality Children's Literature.
Schumaker, Karen A.
Preservice teachers enrolled in a reading methods course at a large university in the southwestern United States engage in a multicultural project which requires collaborative research. Groups are formed at the beginning of the semester, and either choose or are assigned a specific culture to research. Students then investigate the history and contributions of that culture. When the students have become knowledgeable about their chosen culture they begin investigating children's literature for the purpose of locating books which accurately and sensitively represent information about that particular culture. Groups develop a literature unit and organize class presentations to share their findings. The best literature units are then compiled into book form and made available for purchase at a local copy store. This project appears to promote cultural understanding and awareness through immersing university students in: (1) collaborative research; (2) investigation of quality children's literature and expository resources; and (3) multicultural information provided by classmates. Participants express an understanding of the power of education as a tool for promoting cultural understanding and sensitivity. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Collaborative Research; Cultural Sensitivity; Multicultural Materials; Preservice Teachers; Student Teams
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Midwest Regional Reading and Study Skills Conference (6th, Kansas City, MO, March 1-2, l993).