ERIC Number: ED374427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Literature and Multiculturalism: the Challenge of Teaching and Learning about Literature of Diverse Cultures.
Literature Update, p1-2,4 Fall 1994
An ongoing study for the National Research Center on Literature Teaching and Learning, conducted by Alan Purves, Sarah Jordan and others aims to identify the problems and challenges facing teachers and students of culturally diverse texts. It is also trying to determine how best to incorporate multicultural literature into the curriculum, grades 7 through 12. Secondarily, the project documents some of the solutions teachers and students have come up with. The first part of the study consists of two phases: (1) interviews with teachers and students from schools ranging in socio-economic makeup, size and geographical location to determine what they have been reading both in and outside of class; (2) a multiple choice test asking students to read and respond to multicultural texts. Results have shown that multicultural texts occupy a very minimal place in most curriculums, and that students do not generally read for cultural information. In some cases, in fact, they resist multicultural texts. When they like the texts, it is because they have a good ending or the story elicits their sympathy for the characters. The focus of the research in the third and fourth years concerns the ways in which multicultural texts can be taught. The researchers suggest that curriculums should include the teaching of cultural responses as well as cultural literatures. Students should be helped to be made aware of the diversity of texts and approaches to texts in this society. (TB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on Literature Teaching and Learning, Albany, NY.