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Social Justice Education: Examining Aspects of Power & Privilege Influential to an Educator's Efficacy
by Terry, David Patrick, M.A., Prescott College, 2013, 195; 1539453
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines how White educators can more effectively integrate Critical Pedagogy into praxis working with predominantly White collegiate communities. It asks: How can White Male educators working in predominantly White collegiate communities, use their own power and privilege as sources of currency to catalyze student awareness of social justice and becoming agents of change in their own lives? This thesis used a mixed methods approach that incorporated heuristic and case study methodologies to address the thesis question. The heuristic study was conducted with an intensive, environmentally-focused rafting undergraduate course at Progressive College. Additionally, case study research was conducted with White Male educators working in higher education at Progressive College. The results consisted of pre/post-course questionnaires and interviews conducted with the case study participants. This thesis argues that a White Male educator's currency, including, positionality, identity, experiences and competency influences the efficacy of an educator's ability to integrate Critical Pedagogy into praxis when working within White collegiate communities. It makes claim that the alignment and similarities between student-teacher identities and experiences result in the educator being more effective in working with specific populations based on their ability to relate, be empathetic and supportive throughout the process of transformation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Spencer, Jordana DeZeeuw
Commitee: Caniglia, Noel, Kruesi-Thom, Adam
School: Prescott College
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Education
Keywords: Critical pedagogy, Critical social theory, Cultural competency, Power, Privilege, Social justice, White identity development
Publication Number: 1539453
ISBN: 978-1-303-14810-1
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