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Religious Literacy In English Language Arts Discussions

Monday, May 24, 2021 — 12pm (ET)

Chris Olshefski, Doctoral Candidate — University of Pittsburgh 

This study examines the relationship between multicultural education, English Language Arts standards, text-based discussions and student talk about religion within National Board certified teachers’ classrooms. Although religious diversity is often included within discussions of multicultural education, it remains a difficult topic for teachers and students to address, despite the important role religion and religious identities play in many texts typically taught across grade levels (e.g. Number the Stars, To Kill a Mockingbird, Things Fall Apart etc.). Ultimately this work aims to work toward developing recommendations for promoting religious literacy specific to English Language Arts instruction. 

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