Broadening horizons : the benefits of multicultural education at the elementary level

Brittney Stane, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


Multicultural Education has evolved for many years as a method of teaching equity across all cultures and races. However, progress in its acceptance and implementation has been slow. This study was conducted on a Central Coast community in California. Data was collected from teachers and parents of an elementary school to determine the benefits of Multicultural Education at the elementary school level. Additional information was gathered from interviews conducted with nearby university students to recognize their views on Multicultural Education. Cultural performances were organized at the elementary school and resources were provided to the teachers for educational purposes. Results for the data showed that Multicultural Education was deemed valuable by all teachers, parents, and university students. However, knowledge and consistency of implementation varied among participating teachers. Further actions were planned to help the elementary school improve moderate levels of Multicultural Education already present at the school.