Capstone/Dissertation Title

Lived experiences of white, standard American English teachers in predominantly black classrooms

Term

2012

Capstone

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Abstract

The research question addressed in the capstone was: What is a lived experience of a White, Standard American English teacher in a predominantly Black classroom? The motivating factor for this research was the author's personal experience as a middle-school English teacher. The author explored the experiences of three other teachers in similar conditions. This capstone examines the African American English (AAE) dialect and how three white, Standard American English (SAE) teachers approach teaching SAE to students who primarily speak AAE. The capstone also reflects on each teacher's professional development both before and after entering the classroom, and it provides recommendations to teacher-preparation programs and other educator professional development.

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