Term of Award

Fall 2010

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Grigory Dmitriyev

Committee Member 1

Daniel Czech

Committee Member 2

John Weaver

Committee Member 3

Drew Zwald

Abstract

The inquiry consisted of five counties in Southeast Georgia which were Brantley, Camden, Glynn, McIntosh, and Wayne County. The research questions were Is racism and discrimination a part of the hidden curriculum in high school athletics in Southeast Georgia Schools? How and why are student-athletes racially discriminated against in Southeast Georgia high schools? This inquiry is qualitative based and interviews with student athletes of the six high schools were performed in order to gain information about whether racial issues existed in high school athletics in the area of the inquiry. The findings showed that racial discrimination did occur and still does according to the perception of student-athletes in the area. Four themes emerged from the inquiry which were unawareness of discrimination or denial, specific racial makeup of some sports, issues of playing time, and race determines athletic ability.

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