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The Learning Conference 2003

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Third Culture and Multi-cultural Issues in International School Library Literacy Programs

Phillip McBrayer.

This paper examines the unique issues involved with selecting literature for K-12 school libraries when the majority of the student population consists of third culture children, ESL students, or multilingual students. As school populations grow more diverse it becomes more important to be able to reach a broader spectrum of students who have a wide range of reading ability and cultural backgrounds. Specifically, this paper presents the problems encountered and the solutions found by an international school in Hong Kong that provides an English language education to students whose native language is Cantonese 80% of the time. The last section of this paper will describe the process of action research that allowed the school library to better meet the needs of a multicultural student population.


Phillip McBrayer  (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China)
Head of Libraries

International Christian School

Mr. McBrayer has a B.A. in History from University of North Texas and a master's degree in LIS from University of Texas at Austin. He was an academic librarian in the U.S. and is the head of the library services of the International Christian School. He has presented in both international and regional conferences on other related topics.

  • Third Culture
  • Multi-cultural Issues

(30 min Conference Paper, English)