OneWorld Stories: Intercultural Competence Through Literature

Bunch, Jessica M (2016) OneWorld Stories: Intercultural Competence Through Literature. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Karen Raber from English, The University of Mississippi.

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For this study, I focused on the effective ways and benefits of teaching intercultural competence in schools. Without intercultural competence, children in the United States are unable to make a connection with the different cultures that surround them in the world. Basing my methods from Darla K. Deardorff “Process Model of Intercultural Competence” (256) and cultural reflection of folktales, I researched whether a child can connect to the world around them by comprehending a different culture more through interactive writing or informative reading. In order to answer this question, I conducted a two-part project to collect data. The first part is titled “OneWorld Stories.” This part connected two classes from different cultures by having them work together to write a fictional story. Students learned about the other class’ culture through facts that created connections between their daily lives. The second part of the project consisted of reading aloud an informational text about a different culture by Carole P. Roman as a class. After each part, I administered a survey to students which asked questions in regards to the activities they did. It took 150 minutes to complete the entire project in the classroom. I compared the story written in the first part to folktales in different cultures to show insight on how the students’ story reflects their culture in the same way that a folktale does. In conclusion, findings from this study suggested that students were more successful with learning intercultural competence through writing because that activity allowed the students to learn about a different culture through an interactive learning technique that overall resulted in a greater positive response.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Bunch, Jessica M
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in English
Thesis Advisor: Karen Raber
Thesis Advisor's Department: English
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
Depositing User: Miss Jessica M Bunch
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2016 15:06
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2016 15:06

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