ERIC Number: ED405239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Raising the Level of Cultural Awareness of K-5 Aged Students through Multicultural Arts Education.
Sears, Laurie A.
This practicum was designed to provide K-5 students with diverse cultural experiences through multicultural art education to develop cultural awareness. Community members, parents, museum docents, students, and staff pursued a year-long exploration into the diverse cultures of the world through the study, celebration, and sharing of heritages, traditions, customs, cultural arts, literature, music, games, dances, and interdisciplinary studies to facilitate an appreciation for the increased diversity in the world. Highlights were multicultural workshops, art festivals, and cultural performances by local artists. Interdisciplinary studies and multicultural arts instructional resource units were developed with an emphasis on learning through the arts. The study included working with teachers to integrate the arts into the existing curricula; providing art instruction to students, using a discipline-based art education (DBAE) format; and requisitioning multicultural materials and resources to promote learning about world cultures. Fundings through grants provided school residencies, enabling students to experience hands-on experiences with artists. Pre- and post-interviews, questionnaires, tests and assessments revealed an increase in students' abilities to discriminate, interpret, appreciate, and analyze differing styles and symbols within cultural contexts. Students demonstrated an increased knowledge about the role of arts within cultures, and how learning through the study of arts could provide an in-depth view into cultures of the world. Knowledge about others facilitated an understanding for diversity and broadened students' perceptions on the importance of mutual respect and acceptance in a multicultural world. (Author/LS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.