A new manuscript from Lisa Aguilar provides support for improving culturally responsive curricula as an important step to encourage a stronger sense of identity and decolonize educational practices.
The cultural identity manuscript was born from Aguilar’s dissertation work, where she examined the effects of an Indigenous-focused curriculum on Indigenous students' cultural identity and engagement. Aguilar and her research partners examined cultural identity with two measures: exploration and commitment.
“We found that the Indigenous-focused curriculum had a moderate effect on students’ commitment to their cultural identity. In other words, these data suggest that the intervention had a moderate effect on the students’ level of commitment to engage in activities that influence and support their Indigenous identity (e.g., I have a strong sense of belonging to my own ethnic group),” she said.