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ERIC Number: ED377458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 95
Abstractor: N/A
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Increasing Multicultural Understanding and Interaction through a Library Based Effort in a Culturally Heterogeneous Urban Elementary School.
Saykanic, Donna M.
A practicum was designed for students, faculty, and administrators in an urban elementary school to acquire an increased understanding of other cultures. The practicum setting was a library media center with a student population of 1,205. Two inservice training workshops to inform staff members about the numerous cultures of their students (63% Hispanic, 23% Black, 7% White, and 7% Asian) and the differences in the learning style preferences of students of different cultural groups were conducted; new multicultural books were purchased with a state grant; two fundraising book fairs were held; "Booktalks" were given to teachers and students; pretesting and posttesting of students' multicultural knowledge was administered; books and materials checked out of the library were logged; a questionnaire of teachers' multicultural activities was administered; and a report was obtained from the school principal. Results indicated that: (1) all 55 faculty members implemented multicultural curriculum units in their classes and used learning activities to suit cultural groups' learning style preferences; (2) students in grades 4-6 demonstrated significant gains in knowledge of the history and culture of different cultural groups; (3) the portion of books and materials with multicultural content checked out of the library increased significantly; and (4) no negative interactions between students of different cultural groups were reported to the principal during the last month of the practicum. (Contains 29 references and 8 tables of data. Appendixes present a paragraph from the state monitoring review on multicultural education; data on books checked out of the library; a sample teacher's form to report multicultural activities; examples of four "culture quizzes"; a checklist; and the principal's report.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Language: English
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