Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Adoption is a topic that is rarely discussed with elementary school children. It is critical for younger children to be educated about diverse family structures within our society. Broadening childrenâ€™s awareness can increase understanding, acceptance and most importantly, create a foundation of learning that will remain with them during their school years. Members of the community and teachers at a local elementary school were interviewed. The research suggests that individuals in the community care about issues relating to adoption, but are lacking the necessary resources to effectively facilitate lesson plans and discussions. To increase adoption awareness among elementary school children, teachers were taught how to integrate adoption issues into the curriculum. In addition the author provided teachers with resources and examples to promote innovative and culture- sensitive ways of presenting the concept of adoption in a classroom setting. As future educators, it is our responsibility to discover new ways to integrate topics that are not well understood in society.
Cheng, Carlyann, "Let's talk : beginning the conversation about adoption in elementary classrooms" (2013). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 326.