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MS in Literacy Education




Multicultural literature is a tool that should be utilized within the classroom in order to help students see themselves and their own family structures reflected within the writings. This study examines the question: how the use of multicultural texts based on family structures influences children’s perceptions of family. Questionnaires, informal observations, discussions, and students written responses were methods utilized to gain an understanding of the students’ personal perceptions of family. The findings showed that the participants had preconceived ideas of family and after reading the texts student’s personal perceptions were impacted. The implications demonstrated that educators must expose students to multicultural literature and a scaffold discussion following the reading is imperative to furthering students’ knowledge and understanding of family structures.

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