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ERIC Number: EJ972709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1925-7147
Teaching for Cultural Competency: Using Fiction to Learn about "Others"
Murray, Meredith; Puchner, Laurel
Canadian Journal of Action Research, v13 n1 p36-49 2012
This article describes a 7th grade Language Arts teacher's investigation into whether she could use her district-prescribed literature selections to effectively increase her students' awareness of sociocultural issues. She used an instructional strategy called Think-Aloud to explicitly discuss social and cultural issues as they related to the characters in the literature. Data indicate that through the Think-Aloud discussions, occurring each week with each literature selection, her students gained a deeper understanding of the literature and of socio-cultural issues such as discrimination and prejudice. (Contains 2 figures and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 7; Junior High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A