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ERIC Number: ED555983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 231
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3035-2661-9
Responses of Children in an Ethnically Diverse Elementary Classroom to the Use of Multicultural Cinderella Stories: A Qualitative Case Study
Stout-Swain, Carolyn R.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Saint Joseph's University
John Dewey believed that the foundation of education is built on social responsibility and democracy, and specifically proposed social change and thought of teachers essentially as social workers as a conduit to that change. In this qualitative case study, different cultures were introduced via literature to a group of fourth grade students in an urban east coast city in an effort to encourage awareness and social change among students. It was the contention of the researcher that social change is based on tolerance and acceptance. Introducing different cultures and encouraging cultural awareness among students could possibly work toward that social change. This study introduced to the fourth grade student participants a classic literary genre, which has been traditionally presented with White, blonde-haired and blue-eyed characters, but now reflects more diverse cultures--characters that might even mirror their own cultures. The primary purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the use of the Cinderella fairytale as the vehicle by which an educator introduces different cultures into the elementary classroom, paying special attention to the Cinderella stories with ethnic backgrounds that reflected the demographics in their particular classroom. Another purpose for this study is to reflect upon how the use of these various adaptations of Cinderella might increase cultural awareness, encourage respect of cultural differences, as well as create a more positive influence on interactive collaborations among elementary school students inside the classroom. Certainly, the investigator hoped for an epiphany with the study group that just did not happen. However, knowing that a few of the students felt a connection to the literature and voiced an openness to learning more about their own culture or a culture different from their own could only be seen as a positive outcome. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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