"We're part of something way bigger" : the transformative potential of black teacher fugitive space
- Growing concerns about antiblackness in education and the related attrition of Black teachers highlight the need for research on professional development spaces that support Black teacher retention. Drawing on ross's (2021) notion of educational fugitive space, this dissertation research is a longitudinal examination of how Black teachers co-create a Black teacher fugitive space, and how this space informs and supports their pedagogies and navigation of antiblackness at their school sites. Fugitivity is what Ford (2014) called the "artful escape of objectification" (p. 4), and it connotes an enslaved person who runs away from anti-Black horrors toward a freedom dream. This dissertation project employs these notions of educational fugitivity from Black Studies to theorize how these Black-affirming places are rehumanizing and sustaining for Black teachers, offering implications for Black teacher retention. I used participant observation methods to follow 20 Black teachers for a year in the Black Teacher Project (BTP), a professional development racial affinity space that I theorize is a fugitive space. In a subsequent year, I followed a subset of Black teachers from the BTP into their classrooms to study how this fugitive space impacts their pedagogies and their students' response to them. This project thus extends research on Black teacher retention by focusing on how Black-affirming fugitive spaces can support teachers in collectively reimagining schools as sites of liberated learning for their students.
|Type of resource
|electronic resource; remote; computer; online resource
|1 online resource.
|Stovall, Jessica Lee
|Degree committee member
|Stanford University, Graduate School of Education
|Statement of responsibility
|Jessica Lee Stovall.
|Submitted to the Graduate School of Education.
|Thesis Ph.D. Stanford University 2023.
- © 2023 by Jessica Lee Stovall
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).
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