Given the historical forces that have pushed people into racial categories, how and why do some students come to embrace a Multiracial identity at any point during their school careers? This study explores this question through Rockquemore et al.'s Ecological approach and Gooding-Williams's theory of first and third-person perspectives. By employing a strategic sampling method that focuses on students and participants who actively identify as two or more races and examining the educational experiences of seven participants through the use of in-depth interviews, this study finds three key environmental factors that have a large effect on the formation of Multiracial identities within school systems: School Diversity, Peer Interaction, and Curriculum. This study also finds that there is a distinct lack of curriculum around identities present within classrooms mentioned by participants, which is shown to have a negative effect on the experiences of Multiracial students in schools.
Sociology and Anthropology
Bealum, Langston, "Establishing Mixedness: Exploring the Role School Plays in Multiracial Identity Formation" (2023). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 10510.
Educational Sociology | Race and Ethnicity
Mixed Race, Multiracial, School
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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