Academic Benefits of an Inclusive and Diverse Social Studies Curriculum


  • Caitlin Leow University of Toledo


social studies, ethnic studies, racism, curriculum, diversity


Discussions about racism and the history of systemic oppression of minority populations in the United States is being legislated out of classrooms in many states. The purpose of this manuscript is to argue there are academic benefits for students who are exposed to learning about racism and diversity in the classroom. The studies examined follow outcomes from ethnic studies classes and are limited in their sample size and scope. The existing research is minimal, and this manuscript makes a case for continued research of the impacts of ethnic studies classes and classrooms that address racism and systemic oppression. The research presented about students exposed to information about racism and diversity, shows promising results of academic and civic participation benefits for all students. 

Author Biography

Caitlin Leow, University of Toledo

Cait Leow received her Bachelors of History of Art and Theatre from The Ohio State University in 2012 and Master of Education in Secondary Education, Integrated Social Studies at University of Toledo in 2022. Cait will be teaching American History at Toledo School for the Arts starting in 2022-23.


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How to Cite

Leow, C. (2022). Academic Benefits of an Inclusive and Diverse Social Studies Curriculum. Learning to Teach Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Through Research and Practice, 11(1). Retrieved from