Date of Award

Fall 2022

Degree Type

Open Access Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Education, MA


School of Educational Studies

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Samara Suafo’a

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Critical Social Justice Educator, dis/abilities, Emergent Bilingual, ethnography, Extensive Support Needs, inclusion

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An enclave is a group of individuals who are somehow extraordinary and divided from the whole. By this logic, a special education classroom segregated from the general population is an educational enclave. Modern research has been moving toward inclusive practices making these enclaves less isolated. This ethnographic account is of a first year education specialist entering critical skills teaching without prior experience or knowledge of the moderate to severe field. Being introduced to this particular field in the midst of a pandemic this new teacher attempted several inclusion practices previously untouched at the particular school and district. Over the course of one school year, the teacher collected data on three focus students and their varying degrees of inclusion with general education peers. This ethnography is an honest reflection of failures and successes from one individual whose naivety mirrored our usual standards of ability and intelligence as measured by common American society.



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