ERIC Number: ED401013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Increasing Awareness and Appreciation of Cultural Diversity among Fourth Graders through Integrated Curriculum Experiences.
Burch, Connie W.
This practicum was designed to increase the cultural awareness of fourth-grade students of contributions to American society by those of different races and colors. The program consisted of an integrated 12-week curriculum and a variety of materials allowing students to conceptualize the diversity of America. Students were exposed to other cultures through literature, computer programs, research, and class discussion. The "Person or People of the Week" theme allowed discussion of particular individuals, including Ralph Bunche, Thurgood Marshall, Joan Baez, Caesar Chavez, Pablo Casals, Maria Martinez, and Bishop Harold S. Jones. After class discussion on the Person or People of the Week, students recorded information on these individuals' contributions to American history and culture in their journals. Students completed an oral and written report on a member of an ethnic minority group who contributed to American society. They explored their own cultural background by identifying the countries from which their ancestors emigrated. The results indicated that elementary school students could enumerate reasons for multicultural education, could identify the contributions to American society by Non-Europeans, could identify the native countries of their ancestors, could identify a minority person as a favorite reading topic, and could list at least three African Americans, three Hispanic Americans, and three Native Americans who have contributed to American society. The lack of authentic literature on Hispanic Americans limited students' understanding of Hispanic American culture. Appendices contain data collection and evaluation instruments and a parental questionnaire. (Contains 29 references.) (KDFB)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indians, Black Culture, Black Leadership, Blacks, Childrens Literature, Cultural Background, Cultural Images, Grade 4, Group Discussion, Hispanic American Culture, Hispanic Americans, Intermediate Grades, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Social Studies, Student Journals, Units of Study
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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