Term of Award

Winter 2003

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)


Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Delores D. Liston

Committee Member 1

Dorothy A. Battle

Committee Member 2

Jay Hughes

Committee Member 3

Ming Fang He


This is a qualitative research study that examines the experiences of White female teachers who were cared for by Black women as children. Through the use of a questionnaire, audio-taped interviews, journal observations and reflections, participant profiles and community and school demographics, the research answers the question: How, when, and why were the relationships between White teachers and the Black caregivers formed and how did the interactions during these relationships impact the White teachers' racial attitudes and behaviors in the classroom, according to the teachers themselves?

Themes that are explored and discussed in this research are as follows:

> Characteristics of the Relationship

> Racial Knowledge and Perceptions

■ Interaction/Relationship with Black Female Students

■ Separate Worlds with Intimate Connections: Did the Past Relationship Affect the Present?

■ Specific Strategies in the Classroom and Discussing Issues of Race and Racism

> Two Dominant Stereotypes of Southern Black and White Females

■ The Mammy

■ The Southern Belle


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