One of the most nerve-racking assignments in the MAT program has got to be the action research project. At this point, I am in the most beginning planning stages possible. I have chosen my topic, and am working to develop my research question. As for my idea- here is is:
I want to study the effects of changing student perspectives, through the use of literary characters, on their perceptions of other cultures and diversify.
For example, a student who is one race/ethnicity/age/gender/orientation would complete a quiz that determines their attitudes and understanding of another culture. Then, this student would read a pre-chosen text that features multiple cultures. The student would then consider one character of another culture, examining their thoughts, motivation, and overall life, paying close attention to the impact of their culture. The students would be changing their own perceptions through this exercise, hopefully. We would complete the project by taking a follow up quiz to determine growth. First of all, I hope this makes sense. Second, I’m having a horrible time finding relevant/similar research. Third, I need suggestions and other feedback! Please let me know your thoughts!