Date Approved

6-19-2008

Embargo Period

3-22-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hespe, David

Subject(s)

Multicultural education; Multiculturalism in literature

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore ways in which elementary educators can use multicultural literature to help students learn about the world they live in. The study was based on the implementation of a unit in which students were introduced to four countries using multicultural literature. Students then learned about the culture, citizens, geography, history and so forth through multiple strategies and approaches to enhance the learning process. Upon completion of the unit, student writing samples and exit interviews when compared with pre-unit interviews, revealed students had made significant gains in relating to people in other countries as well as naming locations across the globe. The results of the study also indicated student interest and enthusiasm were high in studying the world when lessons incorporated multicultural literature. Implications for incorporating global education for teachers and curriculum planners at the elementary level are discussed.

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