Dr. White's research focuses on market-based education reforms in urban communities (e.g., school choice, charter schools, deregulation of teacher education) and its curricular, pedagogical and cultural significance for teachers, students, and communities. White also explores teacher working conditions, teacher autonomy, teacher turnover, and teacher activism/organizing. Dr. White also explores organizational differences and distinctions between charter schools, including community-based charter schools and privately managed charter schools.
Market-based reform, urban charter schools, alternative teacher education, working conditions in urban charter schools, teacher diversity and retention, teacher activism/organizing, cultural and qualitative sociology, race and class inequality, social context of education, neighborhood change
EDUC 3013 - School and Society
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020
Introduces students - both future teachers and those simply interested in education - to pressing issues surrounding education within the United States. The course reveals the complex relationship between schools and the larger society of which they are a part. Examines issues of diversity and equity from different disciplinary lenses, including history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology.
EDUC 5075 - Sociology in Education
Fall 2019 / Spring 2021
In-depth analysis of theories and concepts in sociology and education. Evolution of curriculum, organization, and enrollment characteristics of American schools. Schooling, race, class, culture, gender, stratification, and educational reform in light of paradigmatic change in theories and concepts of sociology.
EDUC 6240 - African American Education in the United States
Fall 2018 / Fall 2020
Explores development of schooling for African Americans in the U.S.. Emphasizes historical and contemporary struggles of this group in their quest to access meaningful educational opportunities. Examines how social, economic, political, and judicial action defined and organized policy and practice for this group. Degree credit not granted for EDUC 4240 and 6240.
EDUC 6945 - MA Capstone Seminar in Foundations of Education
Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
Supports students completing a summative writing assignment for their Masters degree requirements. Writing assignments will be designed around the professional and academic goals of each student, in collaboration with the student's academic advisor. Students will analyze research studies across different disciplinary and methodological approaches. Through instructor coaching and peer review exercises, students will draft and refine a final assignment.