Term of Award

Spring 2015

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Robert Lake

Committee Member 1

Kent Rittschof

Committee Member 2

C. Amelia Davis

Committee Member 3

Yasar Bodur

Committee Member 3 Email



Construction management students are situated in a predominantly white male industry. Since the industry is currently becoming more diverse, there is a need for construction management students to be more culturally responsive. Multicultural education is one way that students can be exposed to diverse cultures. The purpose of this study is to investigate the influences of a critical multicultural education curriculum on the multicultural attitudes of construction management students in a higher education construction management program. This research study used a survey instrument along with classroom observations, field notes and a research diary to measure the effectiveness of a 3 day multicultural education intervention in construction management students’ attitudes toward cultural diversity. The results suggest that the intervention was successful at positively changing the measured attitudes of construction management students. Future construction management programs might consider implementing a form of multicultural education into their curriculum in order to positively influence students’ attitudes toward diversity.