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Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies
Multicultural education is an important part of the education system. With the population of the United States growing each day, it is important to incorporate different cultures into the literature we expose our students to (Tomlinson & Lynch-Brown, 1996). In order to provide students with literature they can relate to, educators must incorporate information about diverse cultures such as race, family lifestyles, and disabilities into their teaching materials. Teachers must strive to include multicultural literature into their everyday lessons, as it is vital that students are exposed to different cultures.
It is important that teachers use literature which incorporates various cultures with consideration to their classroom demographics. Tomlinson & Lynch-Brown (1996) state, "Literacy instruction that celebrates cultural diversity can enhance children's self-esteem and help them develop pride in their own heritages" (p.l). When students are exposed to literature that focuses primarily on one culture, students who are a member of that culture can reflect on their own lives. The literature helps students to see themselves as a member of that culture. Similarly, students who are not of that culture gain insight into the characteristics of the culture being presented. Students outside the culture are able to view the literature as a window into a new culture (Harris, 1993).
Murphy, Chandra, "A Multicultural Children's Literature Resource Manual for Teachers in an Urban Setting" (2007). Honors Theses. 1726.
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