Awareness, Access, and Understanding
Gaining Cultural Competence through Multi-Cultural Literature
A Race & Pedagogy Conference Panel Sponsored by Collins Memorial Library
This interactive presentation will focus on the importance of multi-cultural literature in helping foster a dialog about cultural awareness and understanding in the classroom for both the student and the teacher. The session brings together local educators and librarians to share in a dialog about how literature can be used in the classroom as a powerful tool to increase awareness and enhance cultural understanding. This panel discussion directly relates to THEME 3: Dilemmas and New Directions in Pedagogy About Race. Participants will be actively engaged in discussions as well as interpreting images from local library collections to help reinforce and build culturally competent approaches to teaching. The session will also include a display of multi-cultural reading materials and provide reading lists from local libraries.
Dr. Christine Kline
(Dean Emerita of the School of Education, University of Puget Sound)
(Early Learning Supervising Librarian for the Pierce County Library System)
Dr. Terry Beck
(Professor of Education, University of Puget Sound)
(Ph.D. Candidate, University of Washington)
Recommended by our panelists:
"Great Multicultural Books for Young Children" compiled by panelist Susan Anderson-Newham
Suggested multicultural literature reading lists at WorldCat.org with direct links to owning libraries:
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