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Villaverde, Leila

UNCG

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A theoretical framework toward implementing and sustaining middle and early college high schools 2006 2512 "This study addresses the growing interest in middle and early college high schools as a tool of reform to transform the philosophy and structure of the traditional high school. The following questions guided this study: 1) What is the set of core fa...
(Re)envisioning self and other : subverting visual orientalism through the creation of postcolonial pedagogy 2007 4643 "The purpose of this research was to explore the historical, cultural, and political background behind the visual representation of Muslim women in the West in the post-September 11th era and to create pedagogy based on contemporary art that can enga...
Queer pedagogy as spiritual practice 2010 1122 The purpose of this research is to explore unlikely intersections between the seemingly divergent streams of spirituality and queer theory in the discourses around education. When brought into con...
A change is gonna come: a critical study of the impact of a community organizing group on power relations and public life 2010 763 This research study examines the impact of the congregation-based community organizing group, Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment (CHANGE), on power relations and public life in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Utilizing an action resear...
A multi-method qualitative inquiry of girls' access to education and literacy through the implementation of a critical literacy curriculum in rural Pakistan 2010 2424 Girls' access to education and literacy in developing countries has received international support and significance in the past decade. This dissertation uses a multimethod qualitative approach in understanding girls' literacy in rural Pakistan. It c...
The Black Panther Party, a re-gendering of revolutionary subjectivity 2011 1603 This thesis explores primary sources, historical content, and theoretical developments regarding gender, race and class both historical and contemporary to further investigate the Black Panther Party as a collective political body and individual iden...
Social justice development: creating social change agents in academic systems 2011 2996 The purpose of this dissertation is to use critical and transformative research to engage academic advisors in developing the social, cultural, and political habits of mind, understanding, knowledge and skills necessary to enact social justice leader...
Learning to ask: philanthropic struggles and rewards of women forging the path toward transformation 1865 - 1920 2011 1140 The purpose of this dissertation is to understand why representations of women's educational philanthropy are often invisible in historical context. The political and economic power structures that existed between 1865 through 1920 are examined to un...
Navigating mainstream higher education: examining the experiences of Native students using Tinto's interactionalist's model 2012 866 Postsecondary degree attainment for American Indian college students at predominantly White institutions has consistently been the lowest among any ethnic and/or racial group for the past three decades. A plethora of studies have been conducted to ex...
Art and stories of social justice identity development from white, christian women offer Insights for a Social Justice Education for Young People 2013 487 This is an arts-informed social inquiry that uses expressive arts and experiential learning modalities to explore the transformational stories of small group of White, privileged women at Green Street United Methodist Church, a multicultural church c...
Meeting disability with resiliency, hope and agency: a narrative study of caregivers of children with cognitive and physical disabilities 2013 3053 Studies of caregivers of children with disabilities have historically assumed a deficit or disease model, while at the same time relying heavily on quantitative measures of stress and maladaptive behaviors. There is a dearth of qualitative and constr...
A query into the social construction of (un)natural disasters: teaching (about) the biopolitics of disposability 2013 225 This dissertation represents a theoretical and pragmatic interrogation of global disasters as natural in a comparative and historical context. Specifically the sixty year environmental degradation and contamination of Vieques, Puerto Rico by the U.S....
A historical and phenomenological examination of African American mothers in special education in a Southern school district: examining race, gender, and the politics of containment 2013 276 This study explores African American mothers' special education decision making process and how their decisions are influenced by the politics of containment--racist power structures embedded into American society which seek to monitor, classify, and...
Hip-hop is more than just music to me: a narrative study exploring the counter-stories of Black men elementary school teachers from the Hip-hop generation 2013 858 In this qualitative dissertation study, the researcher utilizes a critical race methodology to address the dearth of Black men who teach in America's elementary school classrooms. Through the lens of a Black Feminist and Hip-Hop Feminist, the researc...
Study of white privilege in K- 12 schools: minority teachers’ perspectives 2013 173 The purpose of this dissertation is to capture and explore the existence of white privilege in K-12 schools through the perspective of minority educators. Further, my hope is to engage educators of all kind to begin conversations about white privileg...
Queer(ing) gender: a critical analysis of thinking, embodying, and living genderqueer 2013 1402 A purpose of this dissertation is to offer a new look at the genderqueer body and experiences in order to further queer our current frames of thinking about gender in ways that challenge hegemonic structures of analyzing, defining, and evaluating liv...