Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Janaki Natarajan


This paper investigates how dominant theories of learning and motivation can be utilized in the development and teaching of socially responsible curriculum in middle school classrooms. The study includes an extensive literature review, data collected from surveys completed by sixth grade students, and an extended analysis. The paper reports on issues related to student confidence, development of maladaptive educational tendencies, and implications of the segregated classroom.

To teach social responsibility in the classroom through lessons, but never recognize and adjust for the systemic injustice inflicted upon vulnerable students, is to teach hypocrisy.


Curriculum and Instruction | Politics and Social Change | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education