Title

Teachers' Perceptions of Hispanic Students and the Influence of Multicultural Training

Date of Award

2003

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

W. Lee Pierce

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

Since the growth in the Hispanic student population is consistent with trends throughout the entire United States, this study proposes to research teachers' perceptions of Hispanic students and the influence of multicultural training in four schools of a suburban public school system within Georgia. Two middle schools and two high schools were selected for this study. The Teacher Attitude Survey (TAS), an instrument the researcher created, was used to report the attitudes of the teachers within the selected schools. The researcher distributed a total of 400 surveys, 100 to each principal. A total of 145 surveys were returned, a 36% return rate. The results of this study demonstrate that teachers with multicultural training possess a more positive perception regarding multiculturalism. There was no statistically significant difference among teachers based on gender, race/ethnicity, or years of teaching experience. It should be noted that the sample population selected for this study may have been sensitized to multiculturalism. This study supports that training in and of itself is an overriding factor in teachers' perceptions of multiculturalism.