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General Course Information for TED668: Multicultural Literature

Course: TED668 - Multicultural Literature
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Description: Emphasizes key issues, challenges and strategies for integrating multicultural literature into classrooms in a culturally proficient manner. Fosters reading for enjoyment and understanding and encouraging critical skills in selecting and assessing literature for multicultural learners.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the key issues, challenges, and benefits of integrating literature from a variety of cultures into the classroom.
  • Describe the different genres and formats of literature used in education.
  • Describe the benefits of listening to stories, and understand the role of oral tradition in transmitting the culture, philosophy, and language of different peoples.
  • Compare and contrast the values reflected in children's and young adult multicultural literature and reflect on how that cultural understanding can help candidates better understand and teach diverse learners.
  • Use culturally representative and authentic evaluation criteria to select literature for classroom use.
  • Identify and select appropriate books for students at various levels that reflect the diversity of our world and that can be used throughout the curriculum.
  • Analyze and discuss the effective strategies and approaches to integrating literature into the classroom in a culturally responsive manner.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Specialization in Teaching and Learning in a Global Society
    • Develop a community of practice that promotes global awareness and participation in community service and school learning activities, including field experiences and social and professional relationships with parents, teachers, administrators and local community members and organizations.
    • Develop a systematic approach to reflect on personal and professional beliefs, knowledge, dispositions and practices to continuously improve teaching and student learning.
    • Examine the current models of schooling and how they might be transformed to make curricula (instructional approaches, practices, materials and assessments) accessible, equitable and just to an increasingly diverse population.
    • Review and conduct action research on issues of international and immigrant populations, language, class, race, gender, ethnicity and culture in the school and reflect on that research.
    • Using current research on multilingualism and multiculturalism, explore the global issues of immigration, poverty, environment, distribution of resources and power and identify how these issues affect human development, schooling and learning.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures