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The “Others”: Counter-Stories of Black Girls’ Achievement

Caisey, Alannah (2020) The “Others”: Counter-Stories of Black Girls’ Achievement. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This qualitative study analyzes the experiences of Black girls in advanced placement (AP) classes in a southwestern Pennsylvania public school in order to understand the ways in which they gain access to AP classes. The central substantive question guiding this study is: How do teachers, counselors and school administrators influence the underrepresentation of Black students in advanced placement courses. This study utilizes qualitative methods to look specifically at the intersectional identities of Black girls to contribute to the limited body of literature on Black girls in honors and advanced placement courses. The three mechanisms through which inequality is perpetuated are microaggressions and stereotyping, teachers’ colorblind attitudes, and the lack of a clear process and policy in which information about access is distributed. By using Black feminist theory, intersectionality and Critical Race Theory (CRT), this research works to identify gaps in sociology and education literature regarding the experiences and counter-stories of marginalized groups. Applying the gendered and racialized oppression matrix to the experiences of Black girls in academic settings will enhance further exploration of academic resiliency by marginalized persons.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Caisey, Alannahasc84@pitt.eduasc84
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHughes, Melaniehughesm@pitt.eduhughesm
Committee MemberThompson Dorsey, Danadtdorsey@pitt.edudtdorsey
Committee MemberDuck, Waverlywod1@pitt.eduwod1
Date: 17 January 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 20 May 2019
Approval Date: 17 January 2020
Submission Date: 10 January 2020
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Number of Pages: 75
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Black Girls, Education, AP Classes, Black Feminism
Additional Information: Erratum note: On Page 53, the location was incorrectly listed as Woodland Hills. It should read: "Our great course selection book and guide to Lakeland Spring..."
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2020 14:18
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2022 13:44


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