This paper explores what past researchers have found regarding addressing diversity in the elementary classroom. Some articles are focused on the elementary classroom specifically, while most are in classrooms up to twelfth grade. Much research that has been done advocates for teacher preparation programs to tailor their curriculum to include a diversity course or workshop to prepare preservice teachers for teaching in a diverse classroom. This study was done to show that student attitudes about diversity are surprising and different from what adults and teachers might think. Eleven third graders from central Kentucky were interviewed regarding their thoughts about diversity, without actually saying the word “diversity.” This paper will find that student attitudes and experiences should be used to inform teaching in order to be most effective and to create the safest environment for learning.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2013


Rebecca Reister

Mentor Department Affiliation

Mathematics and Statistics

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Mathematics and Statistics

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