Multiculturalism & multicultural education : where do minority teachers teaching minorities fit?

Jessica Salas, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


Upon the abundance of literature pertaining to multiculturalism and multicultural education, there appeared to be a large gap in the research: how do minority teachers teach minority students when in reality, they are both the majority? In an attempt to fill a portion of the gap, a study was conducted at Fremont Elementary in Salinas where not only the teachers and students were predominantly Latino, but the community as well. Key elements for the study consisted of teacher surveys and one-on-one interviews with both students and teachers. Ultimately, a research report filled with the analyzed data was created and presented to the Liberal Studies faculty at California State University Monterey Bay with the intent of providing research that appeared to be missing in regards to multiculturalism and multicultural education.