Doctor of Philosophy
Education, Teaching-Learning Processes
Date of Defense
The purpose of this qualitative research study was to investigate how an Educational Studies department in a small, Midwestern liberal arts college might confront and dismantle whiteness in curricular, pedagogical, and policy choices. Utilizing a critical participatory action research design, five higher education faculty engaged in a critical conversation inquiry group (Schieble et al., 2020) to develop their critical literacy (Rogers and Mosley, 2014). This study was designed to answer the following questions: How do faculty within an Educational Studies department think about their racial identities and the relevance of racial identity to the program, the institution, and higher education? How do Educational Studies faculty in a critical conversation inquiry group develop critical self-reflection? How do Educational Studies faculty in a critical conversation inquiry group develop racial literacy? How does participation in a critical conversation inquiry group affect curricular, pedagogical, and policy choices made by Educational Studies faculty? Participants analyzed personal narratives and meeting transcripts using critical discourse analysis that produced meeting notes. After the study, the researcher analyzed participant reflections and all other artifacts. The findings from this study have implications for critical conversation inquiry groups in higher education regarding faculty fitness as critical, anti-racist educators.
Needham, Winnie, "Confronting and Dismantling Whiteness in Higher Education: A Grassroots Approach" (2021). Dissertations. 1085.