Asian American Students’ Perceptions of Social Studies

Jing Gao


This qualitative study explores Asian American high school students’ perceptions of social studies. The study finds that students affirm the value and significance of learning social studies. Their different interpretations of social studies further reveal that their social studies learning experiences have been influenced by their teachers’ beliefs and practices on social studies curriculum and instruction, and the interplay with students’ complex and multi-faceted identities. The findings of this study suggest a comprehensive and diversified curriculum and culturally relevant teaching in social studies.   


multicultural education, teacher education, Asian American studies, social studies

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