Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Investigating How Teachers Meet State Standards for Multicultural Curriculum
by Adelani, Richard O., Ed.D., Walden University, 2020, 196; 28151578
Abstract (Summary)

The problem of this study was the lack of evidence on how teachers, who teach world languages and English language learners in middle and high schools in a local district, use multicultural resources to supplement state of New Jersey core curriculum students learning standards and meet the cultural and linguistic needs of students they teach. School library online circulation files showed that few world languages teachers checked out library resources for their classrooms between August 2014 and May 2018. The purpose of this case study was to investigate how teachers supplement core curriculum to meet state standards regarding cultural diversity. The research questions guiding this study asked how the teachers supplement the core curriculum with multicultural resources to meet the state student learning standards. The conceptual framework for the study was culturally relevant pedagogy. Purposeful sampling was used to recruit nine teachers as study participants, and open-ended interview questions were used to collect data. Data were transcribed and coded for emerging themes using inductive analysis. The findings of the study showed that most library collections are outdated which has made teachers secure resources from departments, public and college libraries, and personal collections. Librarians work in isolation to purchase library resources, and there has not been library user training for the teachers for 15 years. The findings from the project also revealed a need for collaboration between teachers and librarians. The findings were used to develop a series of workshops designed to help teachers improve the use of school library multicultural resources and to increase collaboration among librarians and teachers which may not only result in improved academic achievement, but may also promote social change at the middle- and high-school levels.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kennedy, Brenda, Jazzar, Mike
Commitee: Fowler, Rollen
School: Walden University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 82/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Multicultural Education, Pedagogy, Curriculum development, Middle School education, Language arts, Secondary education, Cultural Resources Management
Keywords: Core Curriculum State Students Learning Standards, Culturally relevant pedagogy, Multicultural curriculum, Multicultural resources, School libraries, State standards, English language, World languages, Academic achievement, Social change
Publication Number: 28151578
ISBN: 9798684671685
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