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ERIC Number: ED426938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 163
Abstractor: N/A
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Integrating the Arts through a Multicultural Theme into the Second Grade Curriculum.
Foley, Molly; Miller-Paul, Jeanneil; VanWetzinga, Lynn
This report describes a program for advancing the appreciation, acceptance, and understanding of diverse cultures. The targeted population consists of students in a self-contained second-grade classroom in a large urban industrial city located in the Midwest. The problem of inadequate appreciation and acceptance of diverse cultures was documented through teacher observations, student surveys, student journal entries, and portfolio assessments. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that students, educators, and the community lack sensitivity to the ethnically diverse population. Reviews of current practices and strategies revealed a lack of multicultural education and a culturally sensitive curriculum. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others combined with analysis of the problem setting resulted in the selection of three major categories of intervention: use of multicultural lessons using artifacts, literature, thematic units, and trust/bonding activities; use of drama, dance, music, and visual arts addressing a multicultural theme; and community and home-school connections will be planned, organized, and developed. Through the implementation of these strategies, students' awareness and understanding of themselves and other cultures increased. A stronger knowledge base of various cultures was developed and documented. The academic curriculum was enhanced through the integration of the arts. Extensive appendixes contain surveys, information on cultures, and various class activities. (Contains 32 references, 4 tables and several exercises and relevant articles.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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