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ERIC Number: ED559746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 347
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ISBN: 978-1-3033-1875-7
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Integration of Multicultural Education into K-12 Social Studies Courses: A Case Study
Mann, Amy Nadene
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
The National Council of Social Studies stated that students are not prepared for living in an increasingly multicultural society, even though federal legislation expects the integration of multicultural concepts and skills into state social studies standards. What remains unclear in this expectation is how K-12 social studies teachers have integrated these concepts and skills into their courses. The purpose of this embedded single case study was reflected in the central research question, which was to explore how Banks' dimensions of multicultural education, which include content integration, knowledge construction, prejudice reduction, equity pedagogy, and an empowering school culture, were integrated into specific courses in a K-12 social studies program. The dimensions provided the conceptual framework. Data were collected from initial and follow-up interviews with social studies teachers, reflective journals, and program documents. The first level of data analysis included coding and category construction of data sources for each case. At the second level, data sources were analyzed across all cases to determine themes and findings. Results indicated that social studies teachers believed they should use classroom discussions to analyze controversial current events, present knowledge from multiple perspectives, model respectful attitudes and behaviors about diversity, and create equal learning opportunities for all students in order to effectively integrate multicultural education into instruction. This study contributes to positive social change by providing educators with a deeper understanding of how multicultural education could be integrated into curriculum, instruction, and assessment through teacher reflections on their beliefs about diversity. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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