Date of Award

Summer 6-27-2007

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Nina Jaffe


The goal of this thesis is to address the dearth of sub-continental Indian literature in mainstream North American materials for children. The work includes a retelling of sections of The Ramayana, with historical and cultural background, as well as current research on the significance of learning through stories. Transcription and discussion of responses from 4th grade students in a New York City public school are also included.


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Reading and literacy (Program of study)