A self-study of the role of race within a world history curriculum
Jones, Jaimon Kendall
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In this qualitative self-study, I explore how issues of race are addressed within my curriculum planning and what strategies can be used to engage students in thinking about issues of race. In this self-study, I also investigate how my teaching beliefs towards multicultural and social studies education have developed and how those teaching beliefs are reflected within my practice. The study is organized in a manuscript format comprised of an introduction of the study, a review of literature, three manuscripts, and a conclusion for the study. In the first manuscript, I explain self-study methodology and offer examples of how self-study research has been used. Following that discussion, I examine the self-study that I used to investigate my teaching beliefs and practices within my World history course. I end with a discussion on how the process of conducting self-study research helped me to grow as an educator and the benefits of this research. In the second manuscript, I explore my development of teaching beliefs towards social studies and multicultural education and analyze how those beliefs translate into practice. The work conducted for this manuscript allowed my to analyze the development of my teaching beliefs over time and within my current practice. By conducting this self-study research, I now have a better understanding of who I am as an educator and can better match my teaching practices to my beliefs. In the third manuscript, I examine how I addressed issues of race within my curriculum planning and explore how different strategies engage students in thinking about issues of race. After conducting this research, I have a better understanding of how I addressed issues of race within my curriculum planning and how I can improve. This research also highlighted the continued need for social studies courses to provide students with opportunities to address and discuss issues of race.