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n this paper, you will synthesize your own K-12 schooling experiences with course themes related to diversity, philosophy of
education, identity, language, theories of learning, OR any other course themes (see menu of themes below).
 Write a 5-6 page paper based on your own K-12 School experiences
 Pick a 2-3 themes (SEE MENU OF THEMES BELOW) that relate to your own K-12 experiences or to any educational experiences you
have had.
 Write about your experience using relevant peer-reviewed to support your analysis. Connect concrete details to course themes. Explain how your details connect to the course themes.
Cite at least SIX academic articles found using USF library database for your search.
( https://lib.usf.edu/library-research/databases/ )
For BETTER support, cite other materials ( videos, documentaries). The more
connections, the better! The paper should balance your personal K-12 narrative with academic sources to support your argument.
 APA is required. Use Purdue Owl APA guide to help with in-text and reference list.
 Include a paragraph (300 words) in which you reflect on:
o How have the themes of multiculturalism and diversity made you think differently about your own K-12 experience?
 Format: Times New Roman, 12 point-font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, no cover pager required, include reference list.
This assignment assesses the following Gen Ed Student Learning Outcomes for Human and Cultural Diversity
 Analyze how diversity affects interactions with major societal institutions (such as health care, criminal justice, education, employment,
voting, military) from contemporary and/or historical perspectives. (HCD Student Learning Outcome)
 Demonstrate the ability to see issues from the perspective(s) of other groups/cultures by describing the values and communication styles
found in groups different from one’s own and the way in which those differences can affect styles of verbal and nonverbal
communication. (HCD Student Learning Outcome)
MENU OF THEMES:
Goals of Multicultural Education
Social JusticeEducation
Deficit Theories
Anti-racist education
Teachers assumingresponsibility
Philosophies of Education
Essentialism
Progressivism
Perennialism
Critical Pedagogy
Hidden Curriculum
Banks’ Dimensions of Multicultural Education
Haberman “Pedagogyof Poverty”
v. “Good Teaching”
AdditiveV. SubtractiveSchoolingfor ELLs
Race/ Gender as asocial construction
Tenets of Critical RaceTheory
Stereotypingand Essentializing
Institutionalized Discrimination
Privilege(Gender, Race,
Disability, Sexuality)
“Silenced” voices in the
curriculum
Trackingand AbilityGrouping
Retention
Standardized Testing– impact
on teaching
Curriculumand Student Lives
Pedagogy(Student-centered v.
Teacher-centered)
School Climate
Roleof Students
Roleof Teachers
Colorblindness
Cultural Hybridity
Elements of Culture
LearningStyles
International or Communicative
Style
Useof Students’ first language
HomelanguageUse(dialects)
Theories of Learning
Caring
Deficit Perspectives
Economic/ Social
Reproduction
Cultural
Incompatibilities
Out-of-School Factors
ResistanceTheory
Cultural-Ecological
Theories
ComplicatingTheories
of Identity
Heteronormativity
Ethic of Care(Nel Noddings)

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