Event Title

The Effectiveness of a Cultural Competency Curriculum Taught to Middle School Students

Advisor(s)

David Lundgren, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Dr. Sowmya Anjur, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Location

Room A121

Start Date

26-4-2019 9:45 AM

End Date

26-4-2019 10:00 AM

Abstract

The experiences that occur in the lives of students nearing adolescence greatly influence the way they choose to act. Therefore, a curriculum was developed for middle school students reaching the age of adolescence, aiming to educate and inform these students on what it means to be culturally competent and the importance of a culturally competent society which they have the ability to influence. Because being culturally competent is such an important life skill, allowing for a understanding of one’s own view of the world, the goal is to make it a part of education to develop broader knowledge of culture and how to use it to more effectively communicate even when exposed to only an isolated environment like a middle school. We conducted research testing the effectiveness on this newly constructed curriculum by comparing the results of a survey given to the participants before and after being taught the curriculum. Data collected from these surveys was compared to analyze the impact of the curriculum.

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Apr 26th, 9:45 AM Apr 26th, 10:00 AM

The Effectiveness of a Cultural Competency Curriculum Taught to Middle School Students

Room A121

The experiences that occur in the lives of students nearing adolescence greatly influence the way they choose to act. Therefore, a curriculum was developed for middle school students reaching the age of adolescence, aiming to educate and inform these students on what it means to be culturally competent and the importance of a culturally competent society which they have the ability to influence. Because being culturally competent is such an important life skill, allowing for a understanding of one’s own view of the world, the goal is to make it a part of education to develop broader knowledge of culture and how to use it to more effectively communicate even when exposed to only an isolated environment like a middle school. We conducted research testing the effectiveness on this newly constructed curriculum by comparing the results of a survey given to the participants before and after being taught the curriculum. Data collected from these surveys was compared to analyze the impact of the curriculum.