Within every classroom, each student brings with them a world of knowledge formed by their culture and experiences. In my research, I aim to understand in what ways the elementary math curricula used in Wayne County, OH schools are culturally relevant to students. Also, I include the voices of teachers, striving to understand their opinions on and motivations to include a culturally relevant curriculum (CRC) in their classroom. The academic literature reviewed in this research examines the validity of CRC in the classroom and why it is needed. In order to complete my study, I conducted original academic research in the form of content analysis, interviews, and participant observation. The data revealed that though the math curriculum being used is not entirely relevant to the students, the teachers are practicing the basics of culturally relevant teaching and are motivated to do more given the right resources


Mariola, Matthew


Sociology and Anthropology


Accessibility | Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Early Childhood Education | Elementary Education | Science and Mathematics Education

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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