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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Using Intercollegiate Response Groups to Help Teacher Education Students Bridge Differences of Race, Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation.: Exploring Multiple Literacies

Dr. Judith Singer, Dr Sally Smith.

This study documents an attempt to extend classroom discussions of multicultural literature across two campuses utilizing an electronic bulletin board to create a space where teacher education students from different cultural and racial contexts could share their responses to the same young adult novel. The authors analyze student reactions to From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun, a young adult novel which focuses on the reactions of an African American teenage boy when he learns that his mother's new lover is a white woman. Students became engaged with one another about how homosexuality is addressed in this novel. In one conversation participants confronted the issue of racial conflict. The project is designed to enhance a range of student literacies, including technologicial, verbal and cultural literacy.


Dr. Judith Singer  (United States)
Assistant Professor
Teaching and Learning
Long Island University-Brooklyn

Dr Sally Smith  (United States)
Assistant Professor
Curriculum & Teaching
Hofstra University

ally Smith is an assistant professor at Hofstra University where she teaches language arts and children's literature. She also works with teachers and students in urban elementary and middle schools. Her previous work using multicultural literature in urban school districts is documented in Dealing With Diversity Through Multicultural Fiction
(Johnson & Smith, 1993).

  • Multiple Literacies

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)