Spring 2015

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


A large number of researchers have investigated the impact culturally aware and conscious teachers have in creating a better learning environment for students, especially those who are from different academic and ethnic backgrounds. However, limited studies have been conducted to inspect how teachers’ attitudes toward the cultural background of their students from the Middle East, and how they perceive and interact with them. Using qualitative research methods this study will examine elementary teachers’ conceptions and attitudes toward their Middle-Eastern students. In comparison to other immigrant groups, Middle Eastern students, the focus of this study, face additional challenges as a result of cultural, racial and religious misunderstanding (Fuller, 1991; Mahrous & Ahmed, 2010 Jackson, 1995). Findings from the study will help create a professional development unit and identify specific resources to raise elementary school teachers' awareness of Middle-Eastern culture.


Thesis (M.A.) Teacher Education Department