This is a qualitative study of a multicultural education program at a local high school in Oregon. Multicultural education is generally perceived as an effective teaching approach leading to the reduction of racial, ethnic and cultural prejudice among students. The review of the recent literature on this topic revealed a great deal of controversy regarding the conceptions, goals, and types of multicultural education programs currently being implemented in school districts around the United States. The effectiveness of multicultural education in reducing prejudice among students has been questioned by some experts in the field. Other professional educators have drawn sharp distinctions between effective, ineffective, and counterproductive multicultural education programs.
The data for this study was obtained primarily from classroom observations, interviews with teachers and local multicultural specialists,and curricular materials used in the classroom. Questions asked of teachers and multicultural specialists attempted to elicit information regarding their conceptions and personal beliefs of multicultural education. This study was accomplished to increase awareness of multicultural issues for teachers.
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