Capstone/Dissertation Title

Goals in Multicultural Education: Toward a More Gender-Inclusive U.S. History Curriculum

Term

Spring 5-14-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Kathryn Campbell

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Jean Eich

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Kevin Erickson

Abstract

This capstone engages the framework of James Banks' approaches to multicultural education to create a curriculum that fully integrates women's roles, experiences, and contributions into United States history instruction. Best practices researched through a detailed literature review are utilized in fourteen lesson plans that span four historical periods typically covered at the secondary level. Lessons allow students to construct their own historical knowledge and understanding by focusing on primary sources produced by women throughout history. Students are also guided to recognize and understand the importance and relevance of women's history to their own lives, and encouraged to view historical and current events and concepts through a critical, gender-informed, multicultural lens. This capstone envisions social studies as a means to develop citizens more accepting and compassionate towards each other, less restricted and harmed by gender roles and systemic misogyny, and inspired to involve themselves in increased democratic engagement and social action.

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