Fall 2017



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Letitia Basford

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Jean Strait, Ann Deiman


Ethnic studies courses are designed to tell the stories of ethnic groups who have historically been marginalized in all or many aspects of society in the United States. The purpose of this study was to create a unit for an ethnic studies high school course centered on the American Indian experience. Adhering to the theory of culturally sustaining pedagogy, or culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy, the unit for this course was designed to decentralize whiteness and focus solely on the American Indian perspective. This unit was created with a strong emphasis on community outreach, seeking input on content for lessons and the perspectives from which they should be taught. Due to engaging in conversations with various members of the American Indian community, including educators and parents of students, the lessons for this unit offer a level of authenticity that would have not been present otherwise.

Research Methodology

Curriculum Development


Curriculum, Multicultural Education, Social Justice, Teachers/ Teaching

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