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Date of Award
Restricted to Claremont Colleges Master's Thesis
Teacher Education Internship Program (MA/Credential)
School of Educational Studies
This ethnography is centered on capturing authentic stories of a first-year Special Educator and her students. It is written as an act of resistance to the marginalization of students with special needs and how a Special Educator wrestles in challenging subtractive forces to provide students with a high-quality, student-centered curriculum they deserve. This work will consist of a personal reflection into the motivation of a Special Educator, a counternarrative of a student labeled as a “problem student”, and an exploration of evolving student-teacher relationships with love and patience. By documenting these stories, this ethnography captures the evolution of a Critical Social Justice educator as she takes her plans for her first year and puts them in action to serve her students.
Godina, Alyssa. (2021). Leave Your Labels at The Door: An Ethnography of a Critical Social Justice Special Educator. Claremont Graduate University School of Education Teacher Education, 4. https://scholarship.claremont.edu/cgu_sec/4.