Date of Award
Master of Arts
Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies
Dr. Lauren Freedman
Dr. Toby Daspit
Dr. Allison Young
Masters Thesis-Campus Only
This study explored teachers and cultural awareness in general education classrooms. The purpose of this study was to determine how culturally aware teachers are of the African American students in their classrooms. Five teachers from the Kalamazoo/Portage area were participants for this study. Data was collected using a survey, interviews, and observations. Results from the study revealed that: (a) teachers are in full support of including culture into the classroom, (b) teachers felt it was necessary to read and enhance their knowledge about their students' culture in order to become culturally aware, ( c) teachers are filling in the cultural gaps that are missing in the curriculum, and ( d) the structure of the curriculum inhibits teachers from including students' culture in their classrooms.
Gilmore, Dionne C., "Teachers and Cultural Awareness in General Education Classrooms" (2004). Master's Theses. 3444.