Type of Document Dissertation Author Caruthers-Jackson, Sarah Ann Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-10282008-093357 Title Cradle To Third Life: An Autobiography of an African-American Science Educator Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department Middle and Secondary Education, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Nancy T. Davis Committee Chair Alejandro J. Gallard Committee Member Penny J. Gilmer Committee Member Jeffery Milligan Outside Committee Member Keywords
- Educating the African-American Students
- Segregated Classroom Practices
- Segregated Education
Date of Defense 2008-05-22 Availability unrestricted AbstractCradle To Third Life: An Autobiography Of An African-American Science Educator
This inquiry used reflective autobiographical research to reveal my beliefs, values, and practices of science teaching by using participatory action research with two African- American students of my science tutoring organization, Kollege Kampus. I audiotaped two African-American studentsí tutoring sessions along with studentsí and researcherís journals to understand my values. Using Beck and Cowanís (1996), Spiral Dynamicsí value chart, my values became clear allowing me to transform my practice and therefore ways of being in the world.
Also, I conducted an ethnographic inquiry using an Afrocentric lenses to interview three segregated public school African-American teachers to understand how my early schooling experiences influenced my beliefs, values, and science practices.
I merge the lenses of action research, ethnography inquiry, and the literature to understand my values and belief and their origins.
From my action research I understood my beliefs and values of teaching science to African-American students. The findings from the ethnography inquiry indicate that this researcherís beliefs and values were similar to those of her segregated teachers. Therefore, the findings indicate the origin of my science beliefs, values, and practices originated during my K-12 public segregated schooling (1942-1954) at Monitor in Fitzgerald, Georgia.
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