Author(s)

Laurel Hartmann

Date Approved

8-30-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.T. Teaching

Department

Teacher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Madden, Marjorie

Subject(s)

Multiculturalism;Children's literature

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this research study was to determine what happens when multicultural children's literature is used to supplement the kindergarten curriculum. Over the course of four weeks, students were read eight books about diverse cultures during centers and during circle time. Qualitative inquiry strategies such as parent questionnaires, audio recordings of small group and whole group discussions, student artifacts, and observations recorded in a teacher research journal were all used as a means of collecting data. Upon analyzing the data and searching for main ideas throughout the study, I found that multicultural picture books helped the children become more comfortable with talking about difference in a positive way. Additionally, it helped encourage the students to search for similarities between their own lives and the lives of members of diverse cultures around the world. Lastly, this study supported the idea that read-alouds are an effective way to present multicultural literature to young children in the classroom in an effort to supplement the standard curriculum.

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