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ERIC Number: ED380375
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Pages: 40
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Does Cultural Education Affect Children's Attitudes?
McGeehan, Alexis; Han, Jea
This thesis project describes an experiment with elementary students to see if cultural education changes students' attitudes about the culture studied. Two classes of fourth grade students were selected from a city and a county school in the central Virginia area. One class from the city school system was fairly homogeneous with 15 of the 18 students African American and 3 Caucasians; there were 10 females and 8 males. The 21 member class from the county school system was more diverse with seven African Americans, four Asian Americans, one Hispanic, and one Middle Eastern child; there were 11 female and 10 male students. Both classes were given a pre survey containing six positive and six negative statements about Korean culture, with which the students were to agree, disagree, or indicate they did not know the answer. Results were tabulated. Students were then taught three interactive lessons about Korean culture by a Korean American student teacher. After the lessons, the same survey was given to determine any changes in attitudes by the students. The hypotheses tested were that the cultural education would have a noticeable positive effect on students' attitudes and that the effect would be greater in the heterogeneous class. When the difference scores of the heterogeneous class were compared to the difference scores of the homogeneous class, no statistical difference was found. The results clearly show that multicultural education has a positive effect on students' attitudes. The lesson plans used for teaching about Korea are included. A review of the literature on multicultural education is presented, along with a rationale for greater cultural awareness in a student population growing more culturally diverse. (EH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia