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Flynn, Joseph E., Jr.

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations


Culturally relevant pedagogy; Community college teaching; Minorities--Education (Higher); Learning--Social aspects--Cross-cultural studies


This study was inspired by Gloria Ladson-Billings's work on culturally relevant pedagogy, which examined the common conceptions and shared aims of "Dreamkeepers" who were identified as particularly effective instructors of African American students. In addition to exploring the dispositions of Dreamkeeper faculty at the community college, the instructional practices of these faculty members were analyzed using the descriptive characteristics of culturally responsive pedagogy according to Geneva Gay. The implications of the study include deeper understanding of a culturally relevant pedagogy and cultural integrity as foundations for cultural responsiveness in the community college classroom. These concepts are clarified through qualitative analyses of the data from interviews and observations of faculty, followed by collaborative interpretation sessions with faculty, staff, and administrators at the research site. The findings show a variety of culturally relevant and responsive dispositions and pedagogical approaches that offer engaging and supportive environments for students from diverse backgrounds. Ways to identify and develop characteristics of culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy for the recruitment and training of community college faculty members are also explored as efforts to support the American dreams of freedom and social mobility.


Advisors: Joseph E. Flynn.||Committee members: Jorge Jeria; Laura R. Johnson.||Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


ix, 317 pages




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