Share Paper: Cross-cultural learning in Global Read Aloud

  1. Xiaoying Wang, University of Missouri Saint Louis, United States
  2. Shea Kerkhoff, University of Missouri - St. Louis, United States
  3. Jeffrey Carpenter, Elon University, United States
Tuesday, July 6 2:30-2:50 PM Room 2

Abstract: In a digitally developed world, students must cultivate the ability to communicate, collaborate, think critically, and solve problems. The Global Read Aloud (GRA) is a project where classrooms worldwide read and discuss the same book. Teachers and students use technology tools to help transcend space, time, and even national boundaries to communicate and learn across cultures in a meaningful and modern way. Global literacy and social capital theory formed the theoretical framework for this study. We present data from qualitative survey items and twenty interviews, analyzed through thematic analysis. The findings showed how teachers helped students with cross-cultural learning in ...