Date Approved

3-24-2020

Embargo Period

3-26-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Reading Education

Department

Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Browne, Susan

Second Advisor

Lee, Valarie

Third Advisor

Madden, Marjorie

Subject(s)

Multicultural education; School children--Books and reading

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Language and Literacy Education

Abstract

The goal of the study was to examine how first grade students build on their understanding of culture through the use of multicultural literature. Students were engaged in read alouds of quality multicultural texts that included texts that represented the Native American, transgender, African American, Mexican, Chinese and Indian cultures. Data collection consisted of questionnaires, reading responses during interactive read aloud, anecdotal records, and a teacher note-taking journal. An analysis of the data revealed that students were able to learn about cultures different from their own and see their own culture reflected in multicultural literature they were exposed to.

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