Graduate Project Title

Integrating Transformative Multicultural Practice into the Traditional Physical Education Curriculum

Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

2008

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Education

Committee Chair

Don Woodcock

Second Committee Member

S. Schmitz

Third Committee Member

D. Szal

Abstract

This study is intended to serve as a resource for upper elementary physical education teachers seeking supplemental materials to integrate diversity through multicultural education in their traditional physical education classroom. Two questions are the basis for this study: ( 1) Can multicultural education be integrated into the upper elementary physical education classroom? (2) How can teachers' use this study as an assessment tool in their upper elementary physical education program? This study is built upon the work of scholar James Banks. It will extend the work of James Banks by showing how his concept of changing the curriculum to integrate multicultural learning and cultural perspective can be applied to the traditional upper elementary physical education classroom. Although there are very few pieces of literature on this particular subject, the researcher has chosen four separate activities from different cultures in North America to be the focus of this study.

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