Award Date

August 2015

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Environmental and Public Affairs

First Committee Member

E. L. Bernick

Second Committee Member

Anna Lukemeyer

Third Committee Member

Christopher Stream

Fourth Committee Member

Jane McCarthy

Number of Pages

107

Abstract

Multicultural education policies related to K-12 curriculum have been shown to benefit underperforming students. This research found that 10 states have adopted such policies between 1978 and 1994. A unified model of policy innovation and diffusion with a conceptual framework, which included three factors: motivation to innovate, obstacles to innovation, and resources to overcome such obstacles was used to explore demographic, political, and economic conditions along with neighboring states diffusion. Both internal and external determinants were found to significantly influence the adoption of multicultural education. Specifically, states with slightly less education funding were more likely to adopt a policy. Additionally, when policies were previously adopted in neighboring states, a state was significantly more likely to also adopt such a policy.

Keywords

Multicultural education; State diffusion; State policy adoption

Disciplines

Education | Education Policy | Political Science | Public Policy

Language

English


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