M.S. in Teaching
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Robinson, Randall R.
Education, Elementary; Multiculturalism; Storytelling
Elementary Education and Teaching
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.
Patruno, Michele, "The effectiveness of multicultural storytelling on attitudes toward different cultures in the elementary classroom" (2001). Theses and Dissertations. 1593.