Date on Honors Thesis

Spring 5-2025


Middle School Education

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Miguel Gomez, Advisor

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Shimikqua Ellis, Committee Member

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Stephanie Ford, Committee Member


This research investigates the impact of Culturally Relevant Teaching (CRT) on student engagement and information retention, in alignment with 21st-century learning objectives. CRT, which incorporates educational content reflecting the diverse identities of students, fosters a deeper connection to the material and aligns with the fundamental purpose of education in preparing students for societal and global contexts. By mirroring their realities in the curriculum, students are motivated to learn and retain information, recognizing its relevance to their lives. This increased retention is essential for accurately assessing student knowledge against state and national benchmarks, indicative of successful 21st-century education. Furthermore, CRT supports 21st-century learning skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity by ensuring representation in learning experiences. Bridging the gap between perceived irrelevance and engagement, CRT enhances student engagement, information retention, and the attainment of 21st-century educational goals.