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Keywords

Children's literature, American--African American authors--Study and teaching; Race awareness in children;

Abstract

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

2002

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Charline J. Barnes

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Date Original

2002

Object Description

1 PDF file (91 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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