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ERIC Number: ED421702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 17
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Bookwise and Culture Smart.
Davis, Geneva Idell
A study examined whether multicultural literature used within the classroom increases respect for differences among kindergarten children. Subjects for the study were 12 students ranging in age from 5-6 years old from two classrooms. Ethnic breakdown of the subjects was four Black students (two boys, two girls), four Hispanic students (two boys, two girls), two Asian students (one boy, one girl), and two Caucasian students (one boy, one girl). The book "Amazing Grace" was read to the experimental group. Discussions were lively. Results indicated that gender stereotypes seemed to be somewhat of a problem, but obvious ethnic biases were not found. Findings suggest that longitudinal studies should be conducted to determine if multicultural literature is an effective tool in the fight to increase respect for differences. Since several books in the classroom collection may promote gender stereotypes, a criteria for book selection needs to be developed and implemented within the classroom, district, and state. More work in the area of decreasing gender bias needs to be developed. (Contains a 7-item bibliography. Interview questions for students and response sheet, as well as a graph breaking down students, are attached.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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