Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

From Childhood to Adulthood: An Educational Memoir

Presenter Information

Hadyn B. CallFollow

Class

Article

Department

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Faculty Mentor

J. Spencer Clark

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

This descriptive study uses an autoethnographic approach to document my own educational experiences from childhood to adulthood. Drawing from the conceptual lenses of race, class, and gender, I critically analyze my educational experiences in an effort to find answers to how and why I have had the opportunities and successes in learning institutions throughout my life. Along with intrinsic motivation and desire, my findings demonstrate the importance of having educated parents, access to affluent public schools, institutional knowledge, and a realization that being a middle class white male has its advantages and privileges. This study also proposes ideas for making education more accessible to all people by advocating the continued access to public education, equal funding opportunities for public schools, and programs that disseminate institutional knowledge to marginalized students and parents.

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4-9-2015 3:00 PM

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From Childhood to Adulthood: An Educational Memoir

This descriptive study uses an autoethnographic approach to document my own educational experiences from childhood to adulthood. Drawing from the conceptual lenses of race, class, and gender, I critically analyze my educational experiences in an effort to find answers to how and why I have had the opportunities and successes in learning institutions throughout my life. Along with intrinsic motivation and desire, my findings demonstrate the importance of having educated parents, access to affluent public schools, institutional knowledge, and a realization that being a middle class white male has its advantages and privileges. This study also proposes ideas for making education more accessible to all people by advocating the continued access to public education, equal funding opportunities for public schools, and programs that disseminate institutional knowledge to marginalized students and parents.