Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice

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The general argument made by Southern historian, Ulrich Bonnell Phillips in 1918, is that the plantation functioned as a type of school for the slave. Similarly, in 1976, Anthony Gerald Albanese examined the plantation system as an institution that conditioned the behaviors of both slaves and slave owners. I maintain that the plantation system was not only an educative agency that conditioned behaviors, but also a conduit for the creolization process. The focus of this study is creolization in the education of African American slaves in the nineteenth century. This is a mixed methods content analysis of African American slave narratives. I use Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s plantation context heuristic to help conceptualize the creolization process that I believe is present within the text. Within the qualitative strand of the sequential mixed method design, I identify thematic codes that signify pedagogy and creolization theory. I classify these codes into three families: slave-making strategies (SMS) codes, creolization theory (CT) codes, and education and literacy (EL) codes. The coding units I collect during the qualitative phase of this study will make up the dataset for the quantitative phase of research in which I explore the relationships among coding families.



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MacGregor, S. Kim

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