Date Approved

6-28-2001

Embargo Period

6-6-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Robinson, Randall R.

Subject(s)

Education, Elementary; Multiculturalism; Storytelling

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to consider the effects of multicultural storytelling and students' attitudes toward different cultures within the classroom. It was hypothesized that exposure to multicultural storytelling in the classroom with a discussion period to follow will produce positive attitudes toward different cultures as opposed to students who are not exposed to the storytelling. The subjects of the study were fifty-five third grade students from a southern New Jersey suburban school district. The study consisted of an experimental and a control group. Each group was administered a pretest and a posttest to determine if changes took place. A t-test for independent and nonindependent samples, Pearson Correlation, and a sign test were administered to determine if there was a significant difference between the scores in terms of magnitude and direction. The t-tests indicated that there was a slight significance of difference between the scores. The correlation indicated that there were no significant differences in magnitude, however, the sign test showed highly significant differences in the positive direction.

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