Capstone/Dissertation Title

How do educators understand multiracial children, specifically biracial children, as individuals in a way that will support their educational and social development?

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this paper is how do educators understand multiracial children, specifically biracial children, as individuals in a way that will support their educational and social development? This paper profiles ten biracial children and interprets their profiles in order to understand their racial identities and how their educational and social needs can be met by educators. The works of Kerry Ann Rockquemore, David Brunsma, and Maria Root heavily influenced the writing on racial identities, while educational recommendations were influenced by James A. Banks, Cherry A. McGee Banks, Francis Wardle and Marguerite A. Wright. Based on the work of these researchers, a recommendation can be made for educators to attend professional development programs provided by an expert in the field of multiracial student that prepares them to understand multiracial children, specifically biracial children, as individuals in a way that will support their educational and social development.

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