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The Tilford Group

Multicultural Teaching Outcomes: What the Research Says

  • Positive impact on attitudes toward racial, ethnic and other diversity issues
  • Opportunities for more in-depth interaction with those who are different, promoting active thinking and engagement in learning
  • Positive effects on critical thinking skills, knowledge acquisition and general cognitive development, as a result of the inclusion of multicultural content, perspectives and teaching strategies
  • Overall improvement in student satisfaction and involvement with the institution
  • Evidence of more cross-racial and ethnic interaction five years after college due to frequent diversity experiences during college
  • Consistent patterns of positive relationships between diversity in higher education, learning outcomes and civic engagement (democracy outcomes)

Smith, D.G. and Associates. (1997). Diversity Works, The Emerging Picture of How Studies benefit. AAC&U: Washington, D.C.