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Engaging Teachers in a Book Club to Discuss Issues of Cultural Diversity

Thomas, Tamika (2017) Engaging Teachers in a Book Club to Discuss Issues of Cultural Diversity. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This report describes the participation of six teachers in a book club centered around the book Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There (Milner, 2010). The group consisted of two males and four female teachers. Five of the teachers are European American and one male is African American. The teachers teach in a school with primarily white teachers and primarily African-American students. Teachers completed a survey about their teaching preparation and experiences related to cultural diversity before beginning the book club. Subsequently, the three book club sessions were audiotaped and transcribed. Analysis of the surveys and book club transcripts indicated that most of the teachers did not feel adequately prepared to teach diverse students before entering the teaching profession. The findings also indicate that a book club is a potentially productive starting point for promoting courageous conversations about culture and diversity in the school context.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Thomas, Tamikatmt54@pitt.edutmt540000-0001-7926-2887
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorKucan,
Committee MemberTrovato,
Committee MemberSobolak,
Date: 29 August 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 7 June 2017
Approval Date: 29 August 2017
Submission Date: 11 July 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 73
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban classrooms, culturally relevant pedagogy, African-American students
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2017 23:51
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2017 23:51


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