How Can Diverse Classrooms Improve A Child's Learning?

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Christina Rucinski, who recently received her doctorate from Fordham University and will begin a postdoctoral position in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, writes about results from her dissertation research studying classroom diversity in elementary schools. She found that a higher exposure to classroom diversity in kindergarten, first grade and second grade classrooms was associated with lower levels of depression, anxiety and problematic interactions with peers for these children when they got to third grade. She also says that evidence shows that exposure to same-race peers and teachers may have a positive impact on development, especially for children of color. Psychology Today