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The Development and Enactment of A Multicultural Unit With Fifth-Grade Students: An Exploratory Case Study

Mankovich, Kelly (2018) The Development and Enactment of A Multicultural Unit With Fifth-Grade Students: An Exploratory Case Study. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This exploratory case study involved the development and enactment of a multicultural unit. As the population of the school continues to become more diverse there became a need to educate students to become more culturally aware.
The main purpose of the study was to raise students’ awareness and appreciation for cultural diversity through carefully selected multicultural books. Three books were chosen for their authentic and diverse cultures and literature styles. In addition to the selected books, other components were identified including student projects, multimedia resources, and guest speakers. The secondary purpose of this study was to consider the contrast between the mandated curriculum used in previous years, and this multicultural unit designed to provide opportunities for students to develop their cultural competence.
This case study provided note-worthy findings that supported the idea of incorporating multicultural literature in the classroom. Students had a variety of reactions to the unit. Students’ self-confidence rose and participation increased. Students proposed a call to action, remained after class to extend discussions, arrived early, and demonstrated empathy. The final finding was the contrast of the mandated curriculum to the multicultural unit. The multicultural unit offered: (a) writing opportunities, (b) complete texts, (c) speaking and listening skills practice, (d) authentic learning experiences through culturally relevant guest speakers, (e) personal student connections, (f) exposure to unfamiliar cultures, and (g) high interest lessons.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mankovich, KellyLKLM202
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKucan,
Committee MemberKestenberg, Erika
Committee MemberCho,
Date: 26 September 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 3 August 2018
Approval Date: 26 September 2018
Submission Date: 26 September 2018
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 100
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Elementary Education, literacy, read alouds, small group reading instruction, reading comprehension
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2018 23:24
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2018 23:24


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