Date of Award
Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
Education and Human Development
This research explores the vast possibilities and benefits offered to students by teachers utilizing culturally relevant teaching practices, materials, and language in the classroom. The purpose of this research is to demonstrate the positive affect culturally aware teaching practices and pedagogy can have on students of non-dominant minority backgrounds, as well as those of dominant cultural backgrounds. The purpose of this research also, is to explore how discussing sensitive subject matter in the classroom should be handled and executed when it is approached by a child or teacher. Data were recorded for this study over the course of six weeks using transcribed audio-recorded interviews with staff members, and observational field notes recorded in follow up observations of each staff member. Data were analyzed for what strategies and methods veteran instructors have chosen to use in their classrooms relevant to cultural sensitivity, and how the use of those methods and strategies affected classroom rapport, respect, and successes.
Ekwell, Mikayla, "Handling the cultural divide: Discussing unfamiliar territory in the classroom" (2017). Education and Human Development Master's Theses. 741.