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LLE 610 Cultural Literacy

The question often raised is:  “Who gets to decide which parts of which cultures are worth teaching?” Rather than engage directly in this debate, the focus of this course will be on teaching participants effective pedagogy to enable children in their classrooms to develop the skills needed to thrive in a multicultural world.  The emphasis will be on helping participants and their students to recognize and negotiate cultural influences throughout life.  Stories are often carriers of culture; therefore, this course will use the technique of digital storytelling to give participants and their students an opportunity to express their growing cultural literacy in a 21st Century format.

Essential Questions

  • What is my perception of cultural literacy? How can I foster cultural literacy?
  • What is the difference between cultural literacy and culturally responsive pedagogy?
  • How do we teach children to value diversity?
  • How do we teach children to leverage cultural knowledge to create new ideas and solve problems?
  • How does technology assist in bridging cultural literacy gaps?

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate the meanings of:  Social justice perspective, Racism, Privilege, Agency, Identity
  • Create a perspective of their personal culture & identity
  • Identify barriers to cultural literacy and potential solutions
  • Enable own students to create and collaborate across boundaries

Requirements:

  • Courses in ET 21 strand are for teachers of K-12 students.
  • All courses are 3 credit hours.
  • ET 21 students take 2 tech courses (3 credits each).
  • Tech students take 2 more courses in Tech.
  • Classroom students take the other 2 courses.
  • All ET 21 students will have a 30-hour master's degree.

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