Annotations of 4-5 articles (3-4 pages) and synthesized summary (3-4 pages) synthesizing research on multicultural education.
In the previous assessments, we have focused on the topic of diversity and the different ways your learners are diverse. In this assessment we will focus on multicultural issues and how they impact curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Creating an annotated bibliography of articles (Part 1) shows your ability to focus on the main components of an article and to think critically about empirical studies. Creating a literature review that is an integrated discussion of the literature that you read (Part 2) shows that you are able to think in a “big picture” way; synthesizing what you read into main ideas in order to draw conclusions and make recommendations demonstrates higher-order thinking skills. You will apply such skills as a master’s-level scholar-practitioner. A literature review begins where your annotations end. The purpose of doing the annotations is to identify the major themes in each of the articles. Then, the literature review combines those themes into an integrated whole.
Complete the following:
Locate 4 articles on the topic of multiculturalism and how cultural issues impact curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Be sure to include both empirical articles and other types of articles. Use current articles—those that have been published within the last five years.
Draft an annotation for each article. Annotations are short summaries that encompass the main information from the article. For empirical articles, you should include the purpose of the study, data collection and analysis details, and the findings. Then, identify any limitations of the study. For other types of articles, include the author’s main premises: describe the main ideas that the author discussed. Each annotation should be approximately 150–200 words.
Provide a 3 page summary in which you synthesize the research. This should be an integrated discussion of the literature you read; it should not read like a list of article summaries. When you synthesize the literature you read, you combine the different articles into a whole—an integrated discussion of the literature, not a list of article summaries. Usually, the articles you select on a topic can cluster around a theme. (In this case, the theme might be one particular issue related to multicultural issues in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.) Link the article summaries together in a connected way.
In writing a synthesized summary:
DO: Identify the theme/issue and discuss it, using citations from the articles. In your discussion, draw overall conclusions based on the literature you read, make recommendations for teaching practice, and connect the practice in your own setting to the research.
DO NOT: Write a list of the main points of the articles as your summary. It should NOT read: The author of the first article said…The author of the second article said…The author of the third article said…Unlike the annotation portion of the paper, which is organized article by article, the synthesized summary is organized by the themes you discovered in the articles you chose.
Combine both parts of the assessment into one Word document for submission.