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Classrooms Matter: Understanding The Curricular Choices Of Teachers Involving Controversial Topics in Middle School Civics Classrooms

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dc.contributor.advisor Hall-Haley, Marjorie
dc.contributor.author Mitchell, Tiffany
dc.creator Mitchell, Tiffany
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-22T01:17:10Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-22T01:17:10Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/11194
dc.description.abstract This study analyzed the embedded messages within a state mandated and locally designed middle school civics curriculum and highlights the curricular choices of civics teachers regarding discussions with diverse viewpoints and/or controversial topics in middle school classrooms. This qualitative study utilized ethnographic content analysis to examine a state and local middle school civics curricula and teacher provided artifacts. In addition, semi structured interviews with six middle school civics teachers in Carter school district were conducted to gain insight on curricular implementation. This study extends research in the field with an analysis of middle school civics curricula through the five tenets of CRT in education framework. In addition, sense making theoretical framework was employed to elevate the voices of teachers in the literature on their instructional practices involving discussions with diverse viewpoints and/or controversial topics. By situating this research in middle school classrooms this study provides insight on how democracy is cultivated in early adolescence.
dc.format.extent 180 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2017 Tiffany Mitchell
dc.subject Multicultural education en_US
dc.subject Education policy en_US
dc.subject Civics Education en_US
dc.subject Controversial Topics en_US
dc.subject Critical Race Theory en_US
dc.subject Curricular Choice en_US
dc.subject Discussion en_US
dc.subject Middle School en_US
dc.title Classrooms Matter: Understanding The Curricular Choices Of Teachers Involving Controversial Topics in Middle School Civics Classrooms
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.level Ph.D.
thesis.degree.discipline Education
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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