Date of Award

Fall 12-2009

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Chair

Dr. Hollie Filce

Committee Chair Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Member 2

Dr. Kyna Shelley

Committee Member 2 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 3

Dr. Rose Jones

Committee Member 3 Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Member 4

Dr. Anne Sylvest

Committee Member 4 Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Member 5

Dr. Elgen Hillman

Committee Member 5 Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Abstract

As the United States population has become more diverse and the civil rights movement of the 1960s increased attentiveness to the change in population, the need for multicultural awareness has grown (Perry & Fraser, 1993). This study examined if teacher read alouds of multicultural trade books and a scripted instructional intervention could impact 187 fourth graders' cultural attitudes. The 10-session, 5-week study involved six reading teacher volunteers participating in one of the three group levels (treatment one: multicultural trade book read alouds, treatment two: multicultural trade books and a scripted instructional intervention, and treatment three: a control group). The mixed model ANOVA examined for any effects for treatment groups. While some slight differences in pre- and posttest scores were seen, the pretest and posttest results of the Student Multicultural Attitude Survey showed no statistically significant difference.

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