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ERIC Number: ED363903
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 24
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Does Knowledge of Culture and Instruction Using Thematic Units Affect Listening Comprehension.
Erwin, Barbara
To help teachers discover effective strategies appropriate for ethnic minority students, a study examined whether readers better understand material related to their own culture, and whether thematic units are an effective method for building culturally related schemata. Within a pre- and posttest design, a class of 25 Scottish pupils and a class of 21 Texan students (ages 8 to 10 years) listened to a same-culture passage and answered a 10-item multiple-choice test. The groups then listened to an other-culture passage and answered a similar test. Students/pupils participated in a one-week other-culture thematic unit and took the other-culture test. T-tests showed no significant difference between same-culture and other-culture pretest scores for the Texan group, but the Scottish group scored significantly higher on the same-culture test than the other-culture test. Repeated measures of analysis of variance supported the effects of instruction with higher posttest that pretest scores for both groups. (Three tables of data are included; 23 references and 5 appendixes of data are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas; United Kingdom (Scotland)