ERIC Number: ED388647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Multicultural Literature in a Children's Literature Course: Opening a Discussion on Diversity.
Smith, J. Lea
This paper outlines how one teacher educator explored the use of children's literature to introduce multiculturalism to her preservice teachers. It highlights how the teacher set the tone, structured the curriculum, identified books, and organized the book readings. Data were gathered from a personal teaching journal during the 5-month semester, from surveys and questionnaires used in the class, from videotapes of the class, and from student journals and interviews. It was found that life experiences alone did not ensure that diversity was accepted, understood, respected, and appreciated by the preservice teachers. Books were selected and organized to provide increased reader involvement in thinking about differences; learning strategies involved reading, reflection, and small and large group discussions. As the preservice teachers became more knowledgeable, articulate, and analytical about children's literature as a whole, they also developed a sense of literary heritage and realized the potential impact of their selections on their students. The preservice teachers also made explicit plans for using what they had learned. (Contains 37 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).