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Multiracial Students in K–12 Schools

Multiracial Americans constitute a growing demographic of people in the United States. Although they represent a rapidly increasing percentage of school-age children, particularly in the western states, the presence and needs of this growing minority is rarely addressed in teacher education programs or current practice and scholarship about K–12 education. This entry describes issues surrounding the identification and classification of multiracial students in K–12 schools, social situations faced by multiracial students, and curricular and pedagogical options for addressing their needs.

Classification of Multiracial Students

The word multiracial denotes a person whose genetic heritage includes three or more races within the past two generations. Although a person who is biracial—having a heritage that includes two races—may experience identity development and racial identification differently than a person who is ...

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