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Racial Identity Matters in Preschool Enviornments

Rea, Ruthie (2018) Racial Identity Matters in Preschool Enviornments. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Ruthie Rea, EdD
University of Pittsburgh, 2018

Many teachers have good intentions but are not prepared to engage students, colleagues and parents in conversations about race and Black racial identity. This inquiry postulated that learning about Nigrescence theory helps educators better understand Black racial identity development. Accordingly, a cohort of urban early childhood teachers undertook capacity building activities through a pilot professional development program to learn about affirming young children’s racial identities. Participants evaluated the professional development and participated in interviews. They also engaged in open-ended journaling to capture and share their lived experiences.

A deeper understanding of the four teachers that participated in four professional development sessions has been achieved. This interpretive description study captures the experiences and strategies of urban preschool teachers and their journey over four months. They learned about Black racial identity, implemented strategies and reflected upon how they affirm the identity of the children they serve. These teachers revealed a deeper understanding of Nigrescence theory and recognized their role in affirming the racial identity of their students. The identity of each teacher matters, and they reported a deeper understanding of Black racial identity development as a result of the pilot professional development program. It helped them to better understand the children they serve and how their actions influence students.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Rea, Ruthieruthie.rea@gmail.comrar120
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKerr, Mary Margaretmmkerr@pitt.edummkerr
Committee MemberGunzenhauser, Michaelmgunzen@pitt.edumgunzen
Committee MemberWhite, AishaAIW9@pitt.eduAIW9
Date: 26 September 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 1 June 2018
Approval Date: 26 September 2018
Submission Date: 14 August 2018
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 98
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Black racial identity, identity in preschool
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2018 13:55
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2018 13:55


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