Creating Cross-Cultural Connections via Geographic Literacy and the Arts

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It is essential for children to develop cross-cultural connections to facilitate their global understanding of people, places, and perspectives throughout the integrated elementary curriculum. Within an arts framework and geographic activities, participants will utilize the Geography for Life and National Arts standards to help their students learn about the human cultural mosaic, the settlement of specific world cultures, and forces of conflict and cooperation in order to promote cross-cultural global citizenship. Through this interdisciplinary cross-cultural paradigm, children’s involvement in visual, musical, and kinetic arts centered on geographic activities promotes the understanding of similarities among peoples and the appreciation of their cultural uniqueness.

  1. Participants will be aware of the interrelationship between the arts and geographical literacy.
  2. Participants will understand the role of The Geography for Life Standards in anchoring connections between geographical literacy and the arts.
  3. Participants will be aware of the importance of developing children’s cross-cultural dispositions.
  4. Through involvement in the visual, musical, and kinetic arts, participants will be involved in specific activities for implementation with learners in elementary classrooms.
  5. Participants will use assessment tools to evaluate development of the skills of understanding, appreciating, and celebrating children’s cross-cultural similarities and differences.


Keywords: Geographic Literacy, Cross-cultural Connections, Arts Curriculum Integration
Stream: Creative Arts and Learning
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Nancy A. Chicola

Associate Professor, Department of Elementary Education and Reading,
School of Education, State University of New York, College at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY, USA

Dr. Chicola has made use of her educational and professional background to present workshops and papers at national and international conferences, write articles for professional journals, and co-author two books for practitioners dealing with children's literature and social studies. "Discovering World Geography with Books Kids Love" and "Creating Caring Communities with Books Kids Love" both focus on K -- 6 social studies standards and children's literature. Other publications include articles that feature children's literature as well as the arts as means to deliver social studies content in elementary classrooms. Additional areas of research include culturally responsive pedagogy, curriculum and strategies for program delivery in teacher education, and urban and rural education issues.

Dr. Eleanor B. English

Professor, School of Education
Department of Adolescence Education, St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure, New York, USA

Dr. English has taught courses in social studies methods, children's literature, and ethical and legal issues in education. She has published books and professional journal articles in the areas of social studies, children's literature, and sport history. She coauthored Discovering World Geography and Creating Caring Communities from the Books Kids Love series with Dr. Chicola.

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