School of Education
race, racism, colorblindness, cultural diversity, multicultural education, substantive culture learning, diverse literature, cooperative learning groups
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education
Novack, Michaela, "Community in Culture: The Role of Multicultural Education in Elementary School" (2022). Senior Honors Theses. 1241.
Racism, bias, and discrimination plagues all areas of society, including the school systems. With the wrong perspective, diversity causes division, and it is impacting students, even in elementary schools. This thesis will examine research about the issue of racism and bias in elementary schools and suggest the solution of cultural integration experiences with practical strategies. It will demonstrate how cultural diversity in instruction encourages students to identify stereotypes, readjust their perspectives of culture, and identify and appreciate their cultural differences. This instruction can be achieved through a variety of methods including virtual field trips, diverse literature, and class activities. The objective is to provide educators with the information and strategies to incorporate cultural diversity into their instruction.