Date of Graduation

Winter 12-14-2018

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education (IME)

Department/Program

International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Rosa Jimenez

Abstract

While secondary education has moderately improved in its approach of racial and gender issues in the classroom, social class remains an undiscussed topic, especially in school communities serving students of the highest social classes where financial privilege often intersects with racial privilege. The lack of discussion of social class is considered against the role schooling is meant to play in creating good citizens and the different ways that is construed. Taking into account research into the identity formation of wealthy adolescents, the hidden curriculum in secondary schools that supports the current social order, and pedagogical practices that could be used to disrupt the status quo, this project produces a curricular approach to social science that could create more justice-oriented citizens. The project proposes a curriculum for World History that confronts the historic nature of social privilege and power by naming the oppressor and their benefits, developing empathy through stories of the oppressed, and supporting students in developing a justice-oriented praxis. An outline for the unit and lesson plans are included.

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