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"With Liberty and Justice for All": Assessing Cultural Competency in Schools

by Robinson, Jeanene N

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This study was designed to examine the cultural competency level of one rural, Midwestern high school. In order to determine the competency of the school, its staff and students were asked to fill out questionnaires. The questionnaires asked the subjects about the types of activities they participated in, the cultural competency of their school’s curriculum, the cultural competency of their school’s programming, and their personal perspective regarding diversity issues. It was hypothesized that minority subjects (i.e. women, persons of color, and persons with health impediments), senior students, and persons with a lower income than others would be more sensitive to and involved in minority initiatives. Unfortunately, there was an insufficient amount of participants of color to uncover significant results for this population. However, within the staff population, significant results were found related to health impediments. Within the student population significant results were found supporting this study’s hypotheses regarding the sex, grade level, and health variables. The construct validity of the instruments used in this study is supported by the relationships that were found among them. Over half of the staff believed the school in general and specifically the school’s textbooks were culturally sensitive. The school’s staff also displayed attitudes that were embracing of diversity. The majority of the staff, however, did not believe that their school’s programming or activities reflected a culturally competent school. While over half of the students agreed that their school in general and the school’s textbooks specifically were culturally sensitive, the majority of the students believed that their school’s programming and activities did not reflect a culturally competent school. Unfortunately, over half of the student population in this study did not possess attitudes that embraced diversity. The aspects of a cultural competent school are discussed in this work as well as methods of creating cultural competency within a school setting. A description of the feedback session held for the high-school staff is also included with handouts.
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School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:cultural competency academic achievement diversity race school multicultural

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Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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