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ERIC Number: ED312090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 131
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Fostering Appreciation and Understanding of Multiculturalism within the Elementary School Setting Using a Multidisciplinary Approach.
Steele, Bonnie Blandy
A school district's international coordinator and a primary school teacher of 20 second-graders from 10 different ethnic groups implemented a practicum designed to improve the understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity among students, parents, and teachers at the Ithan Elementary School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The practicum also served as a pilot for possible implementation in the social studies curriculum for the district. Practicum objectives involved the identification of weaknesses in the social studies curriculum for second-grade students, development of in-service workshops for second-grade teachers, and implementation of multidisciplinary units. Involved teachers attended workshops, implemented and coordinated lessons, read research articles, discussed concerns, developed new methods for teaching multiculturalism, and evaluated change. Students gained understanding of cultural groups in the community. They developed effective ways to acknowledge and incorporate diversity and difference. School-community networks helped maximize resources that fostered multiculturalism. Evaluation data indicated improved multicultural understanding and sensitivity among teachers and students, and increased parents' comfort in the school environment. Recommendations and dissemination plans are offered. Related materials are provided in 27 appendices. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A