Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

We Wear the Mask: Stories of the Black Girl Middle School Experience in Predominantly White, Elite, Independent Schools
by Evans, Tina B., Ed.D., Loyola Marymount University, 2019, 207; 27548902
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation examined the experiences of Black middle school girls who attend predominantly white, elite, independent schools in the Greater Los Angeles area. Using Critical Race Theory, Black Identity Theory, and Black Feminism Theory as a conceptual framework, this qualitative research explored the role of race, class, gender, and parental support as contributing factors to the development of participants’ racial consciousness. Utilizing timeline interviews and critical narratives to explore the lived histories of each student and parent participant, data analysis included content coding based on themes that emerged throughout the narrative examination. An analysis of the narratives of student participants revealed the absence of a Black faculty advocate, the burden of microaggressions, and the tension to define what it meant to be Black as important factors in the development of a racial consciousness. Additional findings based on data from the participants’ mothers revealed their reasons for choosing independent schools for their daughters and an emphasis on nurturing Black identity and friendships to help guide them through critical racial experiences. Findings led to important recommendations to improve the educational experiences of Black girls in predominantly white, elite independent schools. These findings also indicated a need for further study of the experiences of the Black girl middle school experience in predominantly white, elite, independent schools.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Darder, Antonia
Commitee: Parham, William, Evans-Winters, Venus
School: Loyola Marymount University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Middle School education, Educational leadership
Keywords: Black girls, Critical narratives, Independent schools, Middle school, Predominantly white, Race consciousness development
Publication Number: 27548902
ISBN: 9781392541784
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