Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Environmental and Public Affairs
First Committee Member
E. L. Bernick
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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.
Multicultural education; State diffusion; State policy adoption
Education | Education Policy | Political Science | Public Policy
Kellogg, Leander D., "States and Multicultural Education Policies: An Event History Analysis" (2015). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2484.