Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Children's literature, American--African American authors--Study and teaching; Race awareness in children;
This research project topic was selected because of the need for raised cultural awareness in elementary classrooms, as indicated in current research findings. I chose African-American literature because in this region of the United States, Iowa in particular, the classrooms tend to be largely homogenous. Children who are from African-American descent find themselves to be in the minority in their classroom settings.
These children are not seeing many other children like themselves in their school community. It is therefore important that they see themselves in the literature shared within this community, in order to help them to relate to their learning. At the same time, it is important for students who are not of African-American descent to experience this culture in order to relate to their fellow students and gain understanding and appreciation, not merely tolerance.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Charline J. Barnes
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©2002 Kirsten Seebeck
Seebeck, Kirsten, "Raising cultural awareness in the elementary classroom through African-American children's literature" (2002). Graduate Research Papers. 1518.