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ERIC Number: ED374454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Multicultural Literature: What Is It and How and Why Are We Teaching It?
Tighe, Mary Ann
In the wake of Alabama's new rules requiring multicultural education in teacher education programs, a study examined whether multicultural literature was actually being taught in all levels of education in the state, how it was being taught, and who was teaching it. The study covered English language arts classes throughout Alabama in levels K through college. Its central component was a 35-question survey (mostly multiple choice) mailed to about 669 teachers. Responses, which were amazingly similar across the board, were as follows: (1) there is strong consensus as to why multicultural literature should be taught (those reasons are numerous and are listed on an attached chart); (2) most do not believe that multicultural literature needs to be taught by a member of the represented minority group; (3) most have not been prevented from teaching multicultural literature by censorship or curriculum restrictions; (4) most believe multicultural literature increases knowledge of cultures and that students have a positive reaction; (5) most teachers spend from 5-25% of their time on multicultural literature in the classroom. More generally, 83% of the respondents agreed that multicultural literature should be taught because it encourages engagement with other cultures, but only 59% believed it encouraged the development of interpretative and evaluative skills. Further research should address this latter issue of multicultural literature's purpose in the classroom. (Attached are a definition of multiculturalism, a copy of the survey, and a chart summarizing results.) (TB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama