A qualitative examination of the impact of culturally responsive educational practices on the psychological well-being of students of color
Scholars have shown that educational experiences within the classroom may marginalize students of color which may result in psychological distress. However, the utilization of culturally responsive educational practices (CRE) can create environments in which marginalized students can thrive not only academically, but psychologically. The authors provide a qualitative case study examining the culturally responsive practices of one teacher through a relational cultural theory (RCT) lens. The findings suggest that CRE practices may serve as psychological interventions that are associated with decreased psychological distress and increased psychological well-being amongst students of color. Specifically, students demonstrated behaviors depicting a number of RCT’s five good things, including zest, empowerment, connection, clarity, and self-worth, that improve psychological well-being according to RCT.
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Cholewa, Blaire; Goodman, Rachael D.; West-Olatunji, Cirecie; and Amatea, Ellen, "A qualitative examination of the impact of culturally responsive educational practices on the psychological well-being of students of color" (2014). Kean Publications. 1942.