Date of Award
Restricted to Claremont Colleges Master's Thesis
Teacher Education Internship Program (MA/Credential)
ethnography, social justice, teaching, education
This paper outlines the journey of a first-year teacher working at a charter school in southern California. It is a reflective ethnography that chronicles their journey to becoming a social justice educator. Divided into four sections, it highlights the work, research, and personal struggles of becoming a teacher. Part A outlines the background of a first-year teacher and their experiences and reasons that lead them to teacher. Part B follows three focus students and how a first-year teacher interacts with those students. Part C discusses a school and surrounding community, and how that community shapes both the students and the experiences of a first-year teacher. Part D is highly reflective and culminates the thoughts and experiences of a teacher after concluding their first year in the classroom. As this ethnography progress, the experiences and growth of a teacher lead to their identity and commitment to becoming a social justice educator.
Keywords: ethnography, social justice, teaching, education
Cameron, James. (2020). Ethnographic Narrative Project. CGU Theses & Dissertations, 182. https://scholarship.claremont.edu/cgu_etd/182. doi: 10.5642/cguetd/182