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ERIC Number: ED535837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 171
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-5442-7
Family Stories: Eliciting Tolerance and Understanding
Dukes, Melanie Anne Dillett
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Teachers College, Columbia University
The past and present provide an important reference to understanding the circumstances and cultural differences that assist in the development of our methods of interaction. Therefore, the purpose of the study was to provide a process of personal self-reflection of experiences by which administrators, school officials, staff, and faculty can ultimately tolerate and understand the diversity of their students and families. Gathering stories and understanding the past and present provided for the overall framework (Kern, 1983; Lowenthal, 1985; Leichter, 1997). The use of the conflict process of prevention, resolution, and transformation guided the process of reflection, interpretation, and application of narratives (Reardon & Cabezudo, 2002). In addition, theories of culture (Benedict, 1932; Duranti, 1999), communication and expectations (Meade, 1934; Saussure, 1966), and an ethnographic portrait of families (Valdez, 1996) were used to assist in giving background to cultural diversities of people. This research is based upon a case study of my father who grew up in Belize during the 1940s and a semi-autobiography of my (his daughter's) development. As a means to comprehend the effects of my father's childhood experiences on my development as a parent and an educator, I engaged in a self-reflection process. Exploring my father's stories and relating them to his methods of interaction with his children provided a basis for understanding his decisions in life as well as my methods of interaction. The experiences in the study created standards of interactions and decisions that can be intricately tied to the culture within a family. The stories gave me insight into what my father endured as a child and his parenthood yearnings that were woven into his interactions with his family. Attaching my father's past to my present forms of interaction and utilizing the reflection process allowed me to transform my behaviors as educator and parent and to respect the qualities that have been passed down. The reflection process can lead educators to empathize with students and families. Once educators come to understand the link between their present methods of participation to past experiences, they may be able to empathize, tolerate, and accept diverse narratives. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belize