Term of Award
Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies
Document Type and Release Option
Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)
Delores D. Liston
Committee Member 1
Dorothy A. Battle
Committee Member 2
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
Akins, Melissa, "An Exploration of the Impact of Black Female Caregivers on the Lives of White Female Teachers" (2003). Legacy ETDs. 692.