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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Art Education


Art Education

First Advisor

Melanie Buffington


This study utilized a survey of Virginia public high school teachers to examine how teachers understand multicultural education, how frequently they teach from this perspective, what cultures are represented, what teaching strategies they use, and what, if any incentives would encourage them to teach in this way more frequently. Through analysis of the findings, three major themes emerged which describe participants’ views of the purpose of multicultural education. These themes are “exposure” to other cultures, “understanding” of the way cultures interact and of the context surrounding a culture’s art, and promoting “equity” in the classroom environment and by encouraging students to view other cultures with greater tolerance. The findings of this study were presented at the 2010 VAEA conference and to Virginia art specialists.


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Date of Submission

December 2010

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Art Education Commons