Date Approved

1-13-2020

Embargo Period

1-12-2022

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

EdD Doctor of Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Walpole, MaryBeth

Second Advisor

Luet, Kathryn

Third Advisor

Rufo-Teper, Rebecca

Subject(s)

School choice

Disciplines

Secondary Education

Abstract

This study examined the results of high school choice in a small community through the experiences of White Middle class mothers. In capturing the conversations of these mothers I aimed to make explicit the implicit structures of power inherent in the school choices of this small community. Using a Bourdieusian framework I was able to document ways that the White Middle Class strategize within these structures for their own gains. I was also able to document the ways that these structures advance these strategies often at the expense of those in subordinate positions, and in this country subordinate positions are tied to race. These findings confirm that school choice often benefits those in power and adds to the literature calling for active measures regulating demographics in choice schools.

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