103jlhS10MLEschoolinvestig - EDEL 103, Spring 2010, MLE...

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EDEL 103, MLE/Spring 2010 Judith Lessow-Hurley EDEL 103, Spring 2010, MLE School Investigation/Cultural Study School/Culture Investigation Goals As a result of this investigation you will build your own cultural proficiency by: Identifying a significant demographic group at your school Researching the historical and cultural presence and significance of the group in the broader community Locating culturally relevant features and resources in the community Identifying issues/concerns in the community that are important to the group Generating potential curriculum, instructional and/or community activities that would honor “funds of knowledge” and history of the group (and/or support solutions to the issues/concerns). Preparing for the Investigation Form a team of 3 to 5 students interested in researching the same school site. Start by locating the school’s most recent “school accountability report card” (SARC) and/or other sources of demographic data (for example, CDE website, county board of education website, school website or “greatschools.com”). Review the data. Who attends this school? Which linguistic/ethnic/cultural/racial/income groups are represented? Choose a demographic “group” that you would like to learn more about. Conducting the investigation With your partners, investigate the community of your selected group. Try to determine the natural boundaries of that community. If the community includes only residential neighborhoods be sure to broaden your boundaries to include commercial and/or social services that might serve families from the community. If students from this “group” are bussed, go to the communities where they live in addition to the area surrounding the school. Take a walking tour of the community (and use your car if you have to go more than 6 blocks to map the commercial/social service providers). As appropriate, talk to people along the way (go into shops or services). Your goal is to describe the community, including, but not limited to, the following aspects of culture: material culture, religion or world-view, aesthetics, social conflict,
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