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Title:Multicultural Connections: A Study of Intertextual Linkages and Overlaps in a Culturally Diverse Classroom
Author(s):Meacham, Shuaib James
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Violet Harris
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Language and Literature
Abstract:The primary purpose of this study is to address the pervasive inscription of conceptual boundaries with respect to culture by identifying and documenting process related to the inscription of overlaps. Intertextual connections among cultures have been overlooked, unrecorded and often silenced in educational literature as well as in the larger public domain. These connections remain invisible as both mainstream and oppositional cultural frameworks abide in conceptions which emphasize the boundedness and distance between cultures. This study employed the Blues Idiom as a theoretical framework as a means of systematically identifying and documenting processes related to overlap. Using Denzin's conception of text, classroom observations during literacy instruction were juxtaposed to related prior and concurrent texts external to the classroom. These texts consisted of parent and teacher interviews, observed community cultural events, running collections of local and national periodicals, documents and other forms of text. Analysis involved bringing these texts together with the classroom observations to highlight and externalize overlaps and connections which are usually concealed.
Issue Date:1997
Description:421 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9737197
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1997

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