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Teaching literature in multicultural classrooms

Director: Terry Locke
Researchers: Gail Cawkwell and Emilie Sila’ila’i

Project Dates: 2006 - 2008

The project aimed to investigate beliefs about the nature of literature and multicultural classrooms at both policy and professional levels.

Based in a number of case studies in an action research framework, it established effective ways of helping students in multicultural and multilingual classrooms read and compose literary texts more effectively and with more engagement.

It also explored productive ways of utilising ICTs in the teaching/learning process.

Ten teachers were involved as researchers in the project from seven schools: Tangaroa College, Mangere College, Tuakau College, Botany Downs Secondary College, Wymondley Road Primary School, Somerville Intermediate and Henderson Intermediate.

With the exception of Henderson Intermediate, all schools were located in Manukau City. Decile rates range from 1 to 10 but, more importantly, all schools had high percentages of students from New Zealand cultural minorities. However, the minorities become majorities in some of these schools.

This project was funded by the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI).

Project outputs

Locke, T., Cawkwell, G., Sila'ila'i, E., Cleary, A., et al. (2009). Teaching literature in the multicultural classroom. Summary. Wellilngton: Teaching and Learning Research Initiative. (PDF - 67.48 KB)


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