In this paper, you will use selected resources to research and report on the lifestyles, values, mores, and other characteristics of at least two sub-cultures living in your state.
The body of your report should focus on the important aspects of each culture. Be sure to document your findings during your research. You will need to go beyond simply copying material you find in encyclopedias. Follow the task prompts (below) to maximize your scores.
Upon completing your research you will take the information and place it into context for your future classrooms. Formulate your response around questions like: How does this piece of information help me understand this culture? What implications does this information have on my practice? What kinds of questions does it raise?
In order to understand the information you find, you will need to perform research in primary and secondary sources (e.g., information about the art from a given culture found in a textbook versus original documents such as the works of art from artists within the culture). This will help you to understand the information about each culture within the broader context of your future classrooms.
[url removed, login to view] a statement of purpose for your research project.
A statement of purpose is a sentence that you write which states what you want to learn about in your research project.
A statement of purpose acts as a guide so that you will read and take notes only on what you will need for your project.
Note: Your statement of purpose will go in the introduction of your paper (see #4 below).
[url removed, login to view] and gather sources of information.
Secondary Sources: Locate at least two books on each culture (total of four books). Look for different types of sources (e.g., textbook, library monograph, brochure, etc.). None of the four required books may be an encyclopedia. However, you may begin your search by reading an encyclopedia entry for each culture you will research.
Primary Sources: Locate at least three primary sources for each culture (total of six sources). For example, if you are writing about a subculture based on a religion, a basic statement of beliefs without outside comment offered by a leader of that religion might be useful. Seek various types of materials (e.g., pictures, documents from authoritative bodies, poetry from members of the culture, etc.).
You must locate and use at least one primary source from the Internet.
Primary Government or Public Policy Sources: Locate at least one source on either culture from an official resource. For example, if you are writing about the African American culture, you could use one of many documents from the U.S. Supreme Court or U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.
Do not use an author's description of an official document - such as a discussion about the U.S. Constitution in a textbook. The goal here is to find an official document. Many government documents and public policy documents are available on the Internet at [*.gov] sites.
Gather copies of the books and other materials from the library, Internet, Inter-library loan, or directly from organizations that represent that culture you wish to study.
[url removed, login to view], organize, synthesize, and summarize information from multiple sources in a logical manner.
Create a concept map or an outline for EACH culture. Identify common themes, concepts, and ideas. For example, your concept map or outline may include such things as beliefs, foods, arts and entertainment, educational aspirations, political tendencies, traditions, family life, holidays, languages spoken, etc.
You can find many good explanations of concept mapping and outlining on the Internet. Find these materials by entering the words "Concept Map" into an Internet search engine (e.g., [url removed, login to view]). We highly recommend using concept maps.
Upload a copy of your outline or concept maps along with your research paper. If you create your concept maps by hand, scan a copy of each map and save each image as a JPEG file. If you use software - such as Inspiration - save the file in either Rich Text Format (*.rtf) or in JPEG format.
[url removed, login to view] an introduction (1-2 paragraphs).
Place your statement of purpose at the beginning of your introduction.
State explicitly the cultures you researched and describe the aspects of each culture you will address.
Describe why the report is important to you as a person and as a teaching professional. Be sure to dig deeply into your personal feelings and make connections between the information you learned and your future as a teacher.
[url removed, login to view] about materials and methods employed (1-2 paragraphs). This section should be clear enough to allow others to follow your methods.
Give a brief description of how the information was collected. What methods did you use to find your resources?
Describe which sources you thought were most important and why.
Describe how you reviewed and synthesized the information you found in the sources.
[url removed, login to view] a results section to describe each culture (1-2 pages per culture)
Present the information you found on each culture.
Cite any information you include using in-text citations (as opposed to footnotes or endnotes).
[url removed, login to view] a discussion and conclusions section (1-2 pages).
Discuss how the two cultures are similar and how they are different. Be sure to provide at least two ways the cultures are the same and three ways the cultures are different.
Identify at least three ways the information you learned from this project could be applied in your classroom.
[url removed, login to view] a list of references (1 page).
List all references used in your report in APA format. If you need help with formatting references in APA format, you can find APA style guides on the Internet (See link below). If this link is not active, simply enter the terms "APA" and "References Guide" into an Internet search engine (such as [url removed, login to view]).
At the end of each reference categorize the material to help graders. Within square brackets , identify each source as:
Primary or Secondary - to help the grader verify you met the requirements of prompt 2a. and 2b. (above).
Internet, Library, or Other - to help the grader verify you met the requirements of prompt 2c. (above).
Government, Public Policy, or Other - to help the grader verify you met the requirements of prompt 2d. (above).
Author, A. A. (year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher. [Primary, Internet, Government]
Schools in America are a microcosm of cultures. As a new teacher it is important to first recognize what your own understanding and beliefs are about culture and multicultural education. To do so, you need to first reflect upon your preconceptions and then compare those preconceptions to the way others define culture and multicultural education. This will require reading and research. Finally, you will then examine your preconceptions and compare them to what you have discovered in your research.
1. Create a graphic organizer (suggested length:1 page) similar to the ones in Inspiration (free trial available at [url removed, login to view]) or a Word drawing document
[url removed, login to view] your current beliefs and relate them to the concepts of:
2. Multicultural education
2. Using your textbooks and other references, investigate academic research about culture and multicultural education. In a 1-2 page essay:
A. Define culture
B. Explain factors involved
1. Factors affecting culture
Effect of cultures on multicultural education
C. Include APA format in-text citations from at least three academic resources to validate your findings
3. Now look back at your graphic organizer of culture and multicultural education. In less than one page:
A. Compare and contrast your preconceptions about culture and multicultural education to your new understanding on the subject
B. Reflect on how this research has changed your ideas and beliefs about culture and multicultural education
C. Identify the impact this new understanding will have on your teaching practices.
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