Capstone/Dissertation Title

International school teacher perceptions of the importance and teaching of cultural literacy skills

Term

2008

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Abstract

Producing culturally literate students -- global citizens respectful of other cultures or perspectives -- is a goal many schools strive to reach. It is an especially important goal for international schools, where students from many different countries come together to learn. The purpose of this research was to determine how teachers at a small, Eastern European international school addressed cultural literacy in the classroom and to determine their perception as to the importance of teaching cultural literacy skills. Teachers were surveyed and interviewed, and curriculum was reviewed. Most respondents felt it important to teach cultural literacy skills and many already incorporated this training in their teaching, evidenced by interview responses and curriculum documentation. Others expressed concern that they did not adequately address cultural literacy. Involving more international schools to increase sample size and involving students in the same type of study would be possible areas of further research.

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