Dissertation - NLU Access
Ed.D. Doctor of Education
Terry Jo Smith
Mary Ann Kahl
This auto-ethnographic inquiry into race and culture in public education chronicles the ways in which racism permeates nearly every aspect of schooling. By researching her life and career as a professional educator within a racially charged educational environment, the researcher provides insight into everyday racism through colored lenses. The question this research endeavors to answer is, “What can I learn about the impacts of racism on school culture by looking back at and analyzing critical incidents in my professional career as an educator?” Her research sheds light on interconnected relationships between teachers, administrators, students, families, school structures and curriculum. True to the goals and style of auto-ethnography, the researcher renders interpretations of school life through the weaving of lived experience, reflection, poetry, theory and research that reveal both the author’s consciousness and sensibilities and the highly racialized culture in which she lives and works.
Wood, Dorothy, "The Embodiment of Culture: Race and Class in Schools" (2016). Dissertations. 218.