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Either Perfect Or Meaningful: Identity Development, Perfectionism, And Emerging Adults’ Search For Meaning In Selective Higher Education Institutions, Elizabeth M. Sutton Aug 2019

Either Perfect Or Meaningful: Identity Development, Perfectionism, And Emerging Adults’ Search For Meaning In Selective Higher Education Institutions, Elizabeth M. Sutton

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

Emerging adulthood is a time for young people to both develop their identity and decide what constitutes a meaningful life. Selective undergraduate institutions are ideally positioned to facilitate this development, providing space and resources for exploration and reflection. At the same time, the levels of psychological distress experienced by modern college students, particularly in selective institutions, has attracted growing attention and concern. Specifically, growing levels of perfectionism have been identified in both data and students’ narratives of life on campus. Selective colleges and universities have developed a variety wellness programs and centers, many of which are grounded in the research ...


Positive Psychology Interventions In The Classroom For Students With Special Needs: First Book, Jill G. Bell, Kellie Cummings, Mina Simhai, Arlen Solodkin May 2019

Positive Psychology Interventions In The Classroom For Students With Special Needs: First Book, Jill G. Bell, Kellie Cummings, Mina Simhai, Arlen Solodkin

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Service Learning Projects

This paper sets forth the empirical and theoretical underpinnings and evidence-based activities that teachers of students with special needs in low-income schools can utilize to manage behavioral challenges. The authors identify applicable positive psychology resources, as requested by First Book, a non-profit providing member educators with resources that help children learn and seeks to accelerate implementation of innovative research in low-income schools. The authors, at the request of First Book, focus on emotional intelligence, growth mindset, self-regulation and character strengths, operationalizing these topics with a two-pronged approach: 1) specific actions teachers can take to build positive classrooms and 2) practical ...


Typology Of Teacher Leadership Programs, Jill Harrison Berg, Peter Horn, Jonathan A. Supovitz, Jason Margolis Jan 2019

Typology Of Teacher Leadership Programs, Jill Harrison Berg, Peter Horn, Jonathan A. Supovitz, Jason Margolis

CPRE Research Reports

Education leaders are perennially seeking new ways to build the capacity of teachers to enhance learning experiences for all students. Teacher leadership, which we define as teachers’ support of the improvement of teaching and learning beyond their own classroom, has long been a source of interest and experimentation (Wenner & Campbell, 2017; York-Barr & Duke, 2004). Teacher leadership recognizes teachers’ instructional expertise as an asset for educational improvement, capitalizes upon teachers’ relationships with their colleagues to support change, and may provide career advancement opportunities to improve job satisfaction and the professionalization of teaching. For these and other reasons, states, districts, funders and teachers themselves have become increasingly interested in the promise of teacher leadership.

In this study, we map the landscape of teacher leadership programs across the U.S. and identify commonalities and distinctions amongst the range of programs. Using a variety of search approaches to capture publicly-available information, we document 285 state, local, university, and foundation-sponsored programs that use a variety of techniques to support teachers as leaders. We then categorize the forms of support, attending to program models, objectives, sponsorship, and audience.

We identify three major forms of support provided by teacher leadership programs: (1) preparation of teachers with knowledge and skills that can help them to lead; (2) positioning of teachers in leadership roles to capitalize upon their expertise; and (3) recognition of teachers as leaders through awards and other forms of appreciation or acknowledgement. While some programs focus only on one of these approaches, most employed a combination of these forms of support. Based on this ...


Infusing Well-Being Into Public Education: A Case For Living It, Dana Fulwiler Jan 2019

Infusing Well-Being Into Public Education: A Case For Living It, Dana Fulwiler

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

Public education is our greatest asset for global thriving. The majority of youth in North America will be educated through publicly funded schools; positive psychology, positive education, and all models of whole-school well-being and resilience need to be accessible, adaptable, and affordable. This is particularly urgent given the rising rates of mental health concerns and illness worldwide. Geelong Grammar School in Australia identifies four interconnected processes for effective implementation of whole-school well-being: Learn It - Live It - Teach It - Embed It. Live It is described as “enacting evidence-based well-being practices in an individual’s unique way in their own lives” (Hoare ...


Applying A Fit Perspective: A Portraiture Study Of Short-Tenure Presidents At Historically Black Colleges And Universities, Amanda Washington Lockett Jan 2019

Applying A Fit Perspective: A Portraiture Study Of Short-Tenure Presidents At Historically Black Colleges And Universities, Amanda Washington Lockett

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

Recent years have seen an increase in college and university presidential turnover. Alarmingly, across all 4-year post secondary education institution types, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have experienced the highest rate of presidential turnover. Between 2010 and 2014, HBCU presidents’ tenures lasted for an average of 3.3 years (Kimbrough, 2017) while the average tenure of presidents across all 4-year higher education institutions in the same years was 7 years (Gagliardi, 2017). Explanations for the high rate of HBCU president turnover include increases in political conflict, internal pressures, external stakeholder demands, and fiscal stress. Despite these explanations, some scholars ...


Teacher Education For Racial Knowledge: Institutional And Pedagogical Challenges For Developing Racial Knowledge, Lisette Nnenna Enumah Jan 2019

Teacher Education For Racial Knowledge: Institutional And Pedagogical Challenges For Developing Racial Knowledge, Lisette Nnenna Enumah

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This qualitative study explored the practices of teacher educators (TEs) who teach about race and racism. Through interviews, focus groups, and artifacts from teaching, TEs reflected on their teaching goals, pedagogical practice, and successes and challenges in teaching for racial knowledge. Three key findings emerged. First, I examined tensions that emerged for TEs who teach about White supremacy from within White supremacist institutions. Drawing primarily from Mills’ (1994, 1999, 2015) and Leonardo’s (2004) theoretical constructions of White supremacy, I proposed a framework for the logic of White supremacy and used this logic to analyze the emergent tensions identified by ...


Seven Trends: The Transformation Of The Teaching Force – Updated October 2018, Richard M. Ingersoll, Elizabeth Merrill, Daniel Stuckey, Gregory Collins Nov 2018

Seven Trends: The Transformation Of The Teaching Force – Updated October 2018, Richard M. Ingersoll, Elizabeth Merrill, Daniel Stuckey, Gregory Collins

CPRE Research Reports

Report amended November 1, 2018.

Has the elementary and secondary teaching force changed in recent years? And, if so, how? Have the types and kinds of individuals going into teaching changed? Have the demographic characteristics of those working in classrooms altered? This report summarizes the results of an exploratory research project that investigated what trends and changes have, or have not, occurred in the teaching force over the past three decades.

Our main data source was the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) and its supplement, the Teacher Follow-Up Survey (TFS) – collectively the largest and most comprehensive source of data on ...


Rooted In Resilience: A Framework For The Integration Of Well-Being In Teacher Education Programs, Jessica Spurgeon, Lauren Thompson Aug 2018

Rooted In Resilience: A Framework For The Integration Of Well-Being In Teacher Education Programs, Jessica Spurgeon, Lauren Thompson

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

The process of teaching students is incredibly difficult. Oftentimes, the adversities of the profession sway highly effective teachers into social and emotional deficits, and eventually lead to burnout (Spilt, Koomen, & Thijs, 2011; Wisniewski & Gargiulo, 1997). Emotional depletion, burnout, and high attrition in the profession may be costly for the educational system – both financially and academically (Klusmann, Richter, & Lüdtke, 2016). We suggest that the key to preventing burnout, and cultivating flourishing students, is through the educators themselves. Educators who are taught, practice, and implement the skills of well-being at the onset of their careers are more likely to positively adapt and endure the ...


Working Off-Track: Adjunct Labor In Higher Education, Chad Gregory Evans Jan 2018

Working Off-Track: Adjunct Labor In Higher Education, Chad Gregory Evans

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

The proportion of non-tenure track faculty has grown over the last decade and adjuncts now constitute two-thirds of the academic workforce. Despite this growth, there remain important limitations to our understanding of this new faculty majority. For one, typologies for conceptualizing adjunct diversity are often poorly aligned and make limited use of information valuable for classification. This study addresses these issues by employing the multivariate typological method of cluster analysis. The analysis implied a “natural typology” for adjunct faculty and suggested important nuances for fully recognizing adjunct diversity in higher education. This dissertation also addresses limitations with regard to adjunct ...


Unnormal Sisterhood: Girls Of Color Writing, Reading, Resisting, And Being Together, Grace D. Player Jan 2018

Unnormal Sisterhood: Girls Of Color Writing, Reading, Resisting, And Being Together, Grace D. Player

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This practitioner research (Cochran-Smith & Lytle, 2009) study explores how a multiracial inquiry group of girls of color mobilized their literacies in service of building solidarity with one another across nondominant differences (Lorde, 2007). The stories and theories of the eight girls in the group, which they named the Unnormal Sisterhood, are centralized in this dissertation in service of adding nuance to conversations about the needs, desires, and brilliance of girls of color. Informed by feminist of color epistemologies (e.g. Anzaldúa, 1983; Collins, 2000; Lorde, 2007), postpositive realist perspectives (Mohanty, 2000; Moya, 2000), sociocultural perspectives of literacy (e.g. Street, 1984), and culturally sustaining/responsive literacy pedagogies (e.g. Ladson Billings, 1995; Paris & Alim, 2017), this study inquires into how the writing practices of girls of color and the pedagogies that center them might provide a platform for the development of what I’ve theorized as “unnormal sisterhood,” a new form of sociality produced as girls of color work towards self and group definitions that honor their simultaneous differences and connectedness. Using ethnographic methods, I gathered data including ...


Approaches To Learning In The Ecls-K: Measurement And Growth From Kindergarten To Grade 2, Kathy Buek Jan 2018

Approaches To Learning In The Ecls-K: Measurement And Growth From Kindergarten To Grade 2, Kathy Buek

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Children’s Approaches to Learning (AtL) has been identified in research and policy as a key domain of children’s school readiness. Nevertheless, there remains a lack of consensus around the exact definition and specific dimensions of AtL. Additionally, relatively little is known about the child and family factors that shape early AtL, how it varies in the general population, or how it develops and changes through the early years of schooling. This exploratory study examined measurement and growth of children’s AtL over six occasions spanning kindergarten through second grade in the ECLS-K Class of 2010-2011. Large statistically significant ...


Minority Teacher Recruitment, Employment, And Retention: 1987 To 2013, Richard M. Ingersoll, Henry May, Greg Collins Sep 2017

Minority Teacher Recruitment, Employment, And Retention: 1987 To 2013, Richard M. Ingersoll, Henry May, Greg Collins

GSE Publications

This study examines and compares the recruitment, employment, and retention of minority and nonminority school teachers over the past quarter century. Our objective is to empirically ground the debate over minority teacher shortages. The data we analyze are from the National Center for Education Statistics' nationally representative Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) and its longitudinal supplement, the Teacher Follow-Up Survey (TFS).1


Summer Camp Professionals’ Positive Psychology Certification Program, Kenneth Schainman Aug 2017

Summer Camp Professionals’ Positive Psychology Certification Program, Kenneth Schainman

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

This Capstone provides the rationale and preliminary curriculum for a Summer Camp Professionals’ Positive Psychology Certification Program. One hundred and fifty years before the advent of positive psychology, summer camps were designed to teach children the art of flourishing (Paris, 2008). During that time, camps have organically developed techniques to foster positive emotion, engagement, positive relationships, meaning and accomplishment –fundamental building blocks of Martin Seligman’s (2011) PERMA model of wellbeing. As effective as camps are at promoting flourishing, however, they can become even more so by incorporating new insights and techniques from the field of positive psychology. The Camp ...


Burned-In, Not Burned Out: A Theory Of How Excellent Urban Educators Shift Mindsets And Continue To Teach, Julia King, Sophia Kokores Aug 2017

Burned-In, Not Burned Out: A Theory Of How Excellent Urban Educators Shift Mindsets And Continue To Teach, Julia King, Sophia Kokores

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

The need for teacher well-being is a given. Even so, teaching is tied with nursing as the most stressful profession and teacher turnover is at an all-time high, especially in urban schools. Both students and schools suffer as a result. Three states of being characterize teacher burnout: emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and lowered self-efficacy. In this paper, however, we study why some teachers do not burn out or leave their jobs; indeed, they excel in their profession and find great fulfillment in it. We postulate that there is an opposite of teacher burnout, what we have termed teacher “burn-in.” We isolate ...


Saving The World The Right Way: Altruistic Education, Supakorn Laohasongkram Aug 2017

Saving The World The Right Way: Altruistic Education, Supakorn Laohasongkram

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

Intelligence and passion are not enough for humans to become all that they can be. Hitler and the Nazis too had a lot of intelligence and passion. But what they did not have is the wisdom of how to use their intelligence and passion for the good of mankind. Nevertheless, the question of developing how we, humans, ought to use our intelligence and passion is often neglected in modernity when compared with the obsession we have of increasing our grit and wit. This obsession reflects the current state of education whereby the function of education today is often cheapened to ...


Living And Teaching Well-Being: An Application Plan For A Professional Certificate In Applied Positive Education At The Shawnee Institute, Carolyn Gray, Henry Narwhal, Rosie Jaye, Supakorn Laohasongkram May 2017

Living And Teaching Well-Being: An Application Plan For A Professional Certificate In Applied Positive Education At The Shawnee Institute, Carolyn Gray, Henry Narwhal, Rosie Jaye, Supakorn Laohasongkram

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Service Learning Projects

Modern education is largely focused on academic achievement, yet recent research has called into question whether academic learning is enough to foster and support mental and physical health across the lifespan. Mounting interest in more well-balanced educational approaches that integrate academic learning and character education have inspired the emergence of a new field called positive education. Despite a growing demand, comprehensive training in positive education remains limited. The Shawnee Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of positive education, aims to fill this void by launching a professional certificate in applied positive education. The following paper presents a tailored ...


Washington State Public Teachers' Ambient Positional Instability From A Statistical Approach Of Retrospective Study & Prospective Study, Bowen Cai, Robert Boruch May 2017

Washington State Public Teachers' Ambient Positional Instability From A Statistical Approach Of Retrospective Study & Prospective Study, Bowen Cai, Robert Boruch

GSE Publications

The purpose of this research is to study the movements of teachers’ churn rate in the state of Washington over the past 14 years. The research of teachers’ churn rate is an integrative study, with retrospective part and prospective part. Retrospective study includes the analysis of descriptive statistics (level I), statistical inference (level II) and causal inference (level III) (Berk, R.A. (2016) Statistical Learning from a Regression Perspective. Philadelphia, PA: Springer). Prospective study is mainly about forecasting and statistical inference that generated from the predictions. In this research, we are using longitudinal data analysis. The good point of longitudinal ...


A Quarter Century Of Changes In The Elementary And Secondary Teaching Force: From 1987 To 2012 - Statistical Analysis Report, Richard M. Ingersoll Apr 2017

A Quarter Century Of Changes In The Elementary And Secondary Teaching Force: From 1987 To 2012 - Statistical Analysis Report, Richard M. Ingersoll

GSE Publications

This report utilizes the nationally representative Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) to examine changes in the elementary and secondary teaching force in the United States over the quarter century from 1987-88 to 2011-12. The report focuses on three key demographic characteristics: the size of the teaching force, the level of teaching experience of the teaching force, and the racial/ethnic composition of the teaching force.


The Elusive Equalizer: How Racial, Class, And Gender Inequality Persists Among College Educated Millennials, Charlene Erika Cruz-Cerdas Jan 2017

The Elusive Equalizer: How Racial, Class, And Gender Inequality Persists Among College Educated Millennials, Charlene Erika Cruz-Cerdas

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

This dissertation investigates the financial well-being of college educated millennials. A four-year college degree has long been considered the great equalizer, helping young people achieve middle class status despite their own family background. However, there remain troubling racial, class, and gender disparities among millennials, a group of young people who entered the labor market just as the Great Recession of 2008 hit. The Great Recession is often understood as the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Because of this, this dissertation assesses college educated millennials’ financial well-being by focusing on three outcomes of interest: student debt, earnings, and financial ...


Essays In The Economics Of Human Capital, Rodrigo Azuero Melo Jan 2017

Essays In The Economics Of Human Capital, Rodrigo Azuero Melo

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This dissertation deals with two different aspects of human capital accumulation: early childhood development and tertiary education. Specifically, it analyzes the role that public policies or changes in regulations affect incentives of agents in a way that ends up affecting the aggregate endowment of human capital in an economy.

The first chapter is related to early childhood development. Recent literature has shown that skills shaped during childhood have long lasting consequences later in life. This fact has promoted a large number of programs aimed at stimulating the skill formation process for children in disadvantage. However, little is known about how ...


College In Mind: A Mixed-Methods Study Of How Emerging Adults With Psychiatric Disabilities Prepare For And Transition To And Through Higher Education, Laura Carolyn Murray Jan 2017

College In Mind: A Mixed-Methods Study Of How Emerging Adults With Psychiatric Disabilities Prepare For And Transition To And Through Higher Education, Laura Carolyn Murray

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This dissertation study employs an exploratory sequential mixed methods design to investigate how emerging adults with psychiatric disabilities plan for and transition to and through college. Special attention is paid to how disclosure of disability status in educational contexts can influence both educational and recovery outcomes. Though more students with psychiatric disabilities attend American colleges and universities than ever before (Gallagher, 2014), little is known about their educational experiences prior to arrival in higher education or the strategies they employ to navigate college once there. Taking a strengths-based approach grounded in disability theory, the study conceives of college as a ...


An Examination Of Student Mobility In U.S. Public Schools, Kailey Lauren Spencer Jan 2017

An Examination Of Student Mobility In U.S. Public Schools, Kailey Lauren Spencer

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

Student mobility—the event of students moving into and out of schools—is prevalent and has established negative relationships with both academic and non-cognitive outcomes for mobile students and the classrooms and schools that serve them. Despite this, there is a dearth of research examining student mobility, and, in particular, only a sparse literature that allows for causal interpretations of the causes and consequences of student mobility. The research presented in this dissertation aims to address some of the gaps in the literature on student mobility. Chapter one of the dissertation presents a framework that defines student mobility and outlines ...


Rewriting Professional Development: Professional Learning Communities In An Urban Charter School, Gregory John Glasheen Jan 2017

Rewriting Professional Development: Professional Learning Communities In An Urban Charter School, Gregory John Glasheen

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This study challenges traditional professional development models, in which teachers are positioned as receptacles for knowledge and “best practices.” This type of professional development devalues the local knowledge teachers possess, their theories of practice (Lytle & Cochran-Smith, 1994), and their ability to reflect on their practice and determine what professional inquiries best serve the school community, their own classrooms, and the students who inhabit them.

In order to implement a more teacher-centered approach to professional development at Aspen Charter School, administrators asked me to spearhead and coordinate the implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). In the PLC framework, groups are not mandated to follow a prescribed curriculum; rather, they set their own learning trajectory and ground their study in the experiential realities of their school and classroom contexts. Thus, this dissertation tracks the work of two PLCs, comprised of teachers of all subjects in grades 4-8, who undertook year-long inquiries into the topics of Cultural Competence and Restorative Justice.

As the PLC coordinator at Aspen Charter School, I helped these groups locate ...


Becoming A Stem Teacher: A Study Of Interest In Education Careers Among First-Year Stem Majors, Seher Ahmad Aug 2016

Becoming A Stem Teacher: A Study Of Interest In Education Careers Among First-Year Stem Majors, Seher Ahmad

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Despite considerable public attention to STEM teacher shortage, little research has been done on the STEM teacher pipeline. This dissertation compares STEM majors with an interest in secondary school teaching (hereafter referred to as STEM teachers), STEM majors without an intention to enter secondary school teaching (hereafter referred to as STEM majors), and students with an interest in secondary school teaching (hereafter referred to as secondary school teachers). In this dissertation, I investigate individual, family, and institutional variables associated with students’ plans to enter STEM majors and pursue a career in education. I utilize Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) framework ...


Learning About New Demands In Schools: Considering Algebra Policy Environments (Landscape), Michael D. Steele, Janine Remillard, John Y. Baker, Lindsay M. Keazer, Beth Herbel-Eisenmann Apr 2016

Learning About New Demands In Schools: Considering Algebra Policy Environments (Landscape), Michael D. Steele, Janine Remillard, John Y. Baker, Lindsay M. Keazer, Beth Herbel-Eisenmann

CPRE Research Reports

The past three decades in mathematics education policy and research have seen a considerable focus on algebra and its place in secondary schools. Access to and success in the first high school course, most often termed Algebra I, has been framed as a civil rights issue, a harbinger of college success, and a lynchpin to global competitiveness. Policymakers have targeted access to Algebra I through universal enrollment policies at specific grade levels, while educational researchers and policy analysts have investigated the efficacy of such policies in improving student outcomes.


Reading Recovery: An Evaluation Of The Four-Year I3 Scale-Up, Henry May, Philip M Sirinides, Abigail Gray, Heather Goldsworthy Mar 2016

Reading Recovery: An Evaluation Of The Four-Year I3 Scale-Up, Henry May, Philip M Sirinides, Abigail Gray, Heather Goldsworthy

CPRE Research Reports

CPRE released its evaluation of one of the most ambitious and well-documented expansions of a U.S. instructional curriculum. The rigorous independent evaluation of the Investing in Innovation (i3) scale-up of Reading Recovery, a literacy intervention for struggling first graders, was a collaboration between CPRE and the Center for Research on Education and Social Policy (CRESP) at the University of Delaware.

The CPRE/CRESP evaluation revealed that students who participated in Reading Recovery significantly outperformed students in the control group on measures of overall reading, reading comprehension, and decoding. These effects were similarly large for English language learners and students ...


How Class And Race Shape Latino Experiences At Elite Colleges And Universities, Joanna Marie Pinto-Coelho Jan 2016

How Class And Race Shape Latino Experiences At Elite Colleges And Universities, Joanna Marie Pinto-Coelho

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

This doctoral dissertation is a study of Latinos at elite colleges and universities. I compare Latino students among themselves across multiple lines of difference — including race, socioeconomic status, generational status, and gender — in order to understand how Latino students’ demographic characteristics, financial situations, other pre-college experiences, and institutional attributes affect Latino students’ academic performance, identity, and physical and emotional health.

I perform univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analyses on the National Longitudinal Survey of Freshmen (NLSF), a five-wave longitudinal survey that follows a cohort of 3,924 randomly selected students among the 1999 incoming freshman classes at 28 selective institutions of ...


In Search Of Terra Firma: Administrative Records On Teachers’ Positional Instability Across Subjects, Grades, And Schools And The Implications For Deploying Randomized Controlled Trials, Robert Boruch, F. Joseph Merlino, Jill Bowdon, John Baker, Jessica Chao, Ji Eun Park, Michael Frisone, Tianpeng Ye, Tom Hooks, Andrew C. Porter Jan 2016

In Search Of Terra Firma: Administrative Records On Teachers’ Positional Instability Across Subjects, Grades, And Schools And The Implications For Deploying Randomized Controlled Trials, Robert Boruch, F. Joseph Merlino, Jill Bowdon, John Baker, Jessica Chao, Ji Eun Park, Michael Frisone, Tianpeng Ye, Tom Hooks, Andrew C. Porter

GSE Publications

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A Study On Mobility: Pakistani-Origin Muslim Youth In Higher Education, Mariam Durrani Jan 2016

A Study On Mobility: Pakistani-Origin Muslim Youth In Higher Education, Mariam Durrani

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My dissertation is a multi-sited ethnography that investigates the gendered lifeworlds of transnational Pakistani-origin, Muslim college students in New York City and in Lahore, Pakistan. My ethnographic approach follows the multiple and overlapping mobility trajectories of transnational youth as marked by particular, semiotic practices and narratives. During the 16 months of fieldwork, my focal fieldsites—the hallways, dorms, student club- rooms, cafeterias, and libraries at two comparable college campuses—provided the interactional spaces where I could observe students developing their social and cultural selves. In my research, I found that the rural to urban migration pattern and concomitant imaginaries remained ...


“Club Reports” Queered Considerations Of Children’S Understandings Of Families, Relationships,Social Practices, And Literature In An Afterschool Reading Club, Rachel Jocelyn Skrlac Lo Jan 2016

“Club Reports” Queered Considerations Of Children’S Understandings Of Families, Relationships,Social Practices, And Literature In An Afterschool Reading Club, Rachel Jocelyn Skrlac Lo

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

This qualitative inquiry uses queer theory and an epistemic justice framework to analyze interactions in a reading club for first graders. The title “Club Reports” is a play on words referring both to this dissertation and to a bound book of the children’s work. The literary event of a weekly reading club is a lens to consider literacy as a social practice. I ask: what happens when a diverse group of children participate in an afterschool reading club that focuses on representations of families? Data was gathered using ethnographic methods including audio and video recordings, participant interviews, artifact collection ...