Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


The purpose of this thesis was to examine what multicultural approaches were being used in the art classroom to create relevancy for diverse student populations. This research also examined what viewpoints the students and art teachers held on multicultural education. The art teacher's perspective on multiculturalism and its role in the creation of relevancy for diverse student populations was also examined. This study focused on the junior high level of art education from two different school sites. The research explored if the students saw and felt a connection between what they learn in art class and their daily lives through the use of multicultural perspectives in the curriculum. This study was a descriptive case study using interviews, student surveys and literature review to find the answers to the following questions: 1) What do junior high art teachers use now in their classrooms to incorporate multiculturalism? 2) How does the inclusion of a multicultural curriculum create relevancy for the students?


Thesis (M.A.) Institute for Advanced Studies in Education