Date Approved

4-5-2005

Embargo Period

4-13-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Moyer, David, H.

Subject(s)

Middle school education--Activity programs--New Jersey; Multicultural education--Activity programs--New Jersey

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a Multicultural Awareness Day program on improving student understanding, awareness, and appreciation of world languages and cultures. The study was based on a quantitative analysis research design. The sample used for this study included 7th and 8th grade students at Glassboro Intermediate School in the Glassboro Public Schools District of New Jersey. A randomly selected sample of seventh and eighth grade social studies students participated in the study. One technique, surveying, was used as a means for data collection. The data were analyzed both before and after implementing the Multicultural Awareness Day program. The analysis consisted of reviewing and coding the survey data. The major finding of this study was that the Multicultural Awareness Day program was effective. While the Multicultural Awareness Day program had a greater effect on the seventh grade student sample than it had on the eighth grade sample, the findings indicated that holding a Multicultural Awareness Day program would improve some students' understanding, awareness, and appreciation of world languages and cultures.

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