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Reciprocity in Research: Using Research Findings to Create and Implement a Professional Development Program

Thandeka Chapman.

In this paper I investigate issues of accountability and reciprocity in research that support the formulation of closer academic connections between scholarly research and the school research sites. Drawing on the initial research as a pilot program, I wish to re-create the project on a broader scale in order to fashion an on-going seminar that reflects the tenets of multicultural education. The pilot research, qualitative case study of a single urban classroom, was designed to explore how the teacher formulated and implemented instruction and how students' responded to the activities and content. Using Critical Race Theory (Crenshaw et. al. 1993), Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (Ladson-Billings, 1995), and the methodology of portraiture (Lawrence-Lightfoot, 1997), I documented the teaching practices of a white English teacher in a racially diverse classroom setting and the students' affective responses to the teacher's pedagogy. These classroom interactions were nested in the macro contexts of racial tensions at the city and district levels and micro contexts of student, teacher, and administrator interactions in the school. To generate ground-level reform, I am re-introducing the study as a departmental action-research project, focused on teachers' professional development.


Thandeka Chapman  (United States)
Assistant Professor
Curriculum and Instruction
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Thandeka K. Chapman is an Assistant Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She recently received her doctoral degree in Literacy/ English Education from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her scholarship focuses on the etic and emic contexts of inner-city schools that affect the ways in which teachers adopt and implement multicultural education. Currently, Thandeka is teaching graduate level course on qualitative research and instructional research and theory.
Thandeka has presented papers on her research at various national conferences including: the American Education Research Association, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and National Council of Teachers of English. During her doctoral program, Thandeka was a recipient of the UW, Madison Graduate School Academic Opportunity Fellowship and the Carrie Barton Scholarship from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is also a founder of the FRONT program (Fearless Recruitment Of New Teachers) at UW, Madison. Prior to beginning her program of study, Thandeka taught and coached at East High in Rockford, Illinois.

  • Multicultural education
  • Action research
  • Qualitative research
  • Professional development
Person as Subject
  • Gloria Ladson-Billings Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Derrick Bell Geneva Gay Christopher Day Ken Zeichner

(30 min Conference Paper, English)