Date Approved

4-15-2000

Embargo Period

7-18-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Doolittle, Gini

Subject(s)

Fourth grade (Education); Multicultural education

Disciplines

Educational Leadership

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the effectiveness of a multicultural, interdisciplinary unit on fourth grade students using an action research design. The unit included eight cultures that aligned with the Social Studies curriculum. Students learned to appreciate different cultures and experience the ideas and practices of those cultures.

This study took place at Mary Ethel Costello School with students in grade four. The population sample was limited due to the fact that the study was only conducted with fourth grade students. All students and each teacher received survey questionnaires. Categories were designed to organize the data. Observations of students were conducted. Teacher presentations and interactions with students were explored.

The data shows that teachers believe students were interested in the lessons and that students did gain an understanding of multiculturalism. The data also suggests that students enjoyed learning about the cultures and wanted to learn more.

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