Date of Graduation

Spring 5-20-2016

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education (IME)

College/School

School of Education

Department/Program

International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Dr. Dixon

Second Advisor

Dr. Koirala-Azad

Abstract

In today’s increasingly globalized world, both the US and Bulgaria are at a cultural crossroads. The rise of immigration due to war and the changing economic landscape ensures that both nations will become increasingly more diverse. This project focuses on developing creative writing curriculum based upon Human Rights Education (HRE) to provide U.S. teachers with foundational resources to teach Bulgarian students about human rights to build intercultural tolerance. It provides U.S. teachers in Bulgaria with a creative writing curriculum that promotes intercultural tolerance based upon human rights principles. This curriculum emphasizes two specific areas of development. The first area is strengthening English language writing skills. The second area is using the process of creative writing to critically analyze various human rights issues. This curriculum primarily focuses on the need to humanize minority and immigrant groups, in turn, recognizing their inherent human rights. When teaching human rights through creative writing, both Bulgarian students and their American teachers have the opportunity to experience meaningful intercultural exchange with people who view the world through vastly different social and historical perspectives. Through this curriculum, both teachers and students may engage as active participants and learners. In this way, true intercultural competence, based on mutual respect, may be achieved. It is my hope that this curriculum will serve as a jumping off point for continued learning and meaningful intercultural exchange between people of the US and Bulgaria.

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