Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Preschool expulsions: Parental experiences of Black boys who were pushed out or left behind
by Henneman, Tasha K., Ed.D., Mills College, 2014, 149; 3683724
Abstract (Summary)

Preschool expulsions have gained new attention in the early child care field. The disproportionate rate of Blacks boys that are expelled or "pushed out" from their child care settings suggests particular concern for exploration. Behavioral problems in early childhood have negative outcomes later in life (Keane & Calkins, 2004); therefore, it is imperative that educational systems create equitable, non-disciplinary practices, which do not marginalize or shame Black boys. This study captured the experiences of five parents of Black boys that were expelled or pushed out of multiple child care settings, as well as the temporary and lasting effects of the expulsions or "push-outs" on the entire family. One center director of a state-funded preschool and one head teacher of a private center also participated. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews, focus groups, and on-line temperament profiles. Grounded theory was used to code the data in terms of the study's conceptual framework, including relationships between parent, child and teacher/provider, Critical Race Theory (CRT), neurobiological considerations, gaps in teacher/provider preparation, and the high-stakes accountability movement. The social construction of Black boys and learning in early child care settings was also explored. Expulsions or push-outs had several negative impacts for parents, the boys of this study and their families. However, through these hardships, parents learned strong advocacy skills and showed resiliency. Implications for providers and policy are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kroll, Linda
Commitee: Donahue, David, Nicholson, Julie
School: Mills College
Department: Education - Early Childhood Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 76/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, Education Policy, Early childhood education
Keywords: Black boys, Critical race theroy, Early learning enviornments, Preschool expulsions, Temperament
Publication Number: 3683724
ISBN: 978-1-321-58240-6
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