Integration Interrupted: Tracking, Black Students, and Acting White after Brown
A lecture by Karolyn Tyson, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Friday, March 30, 2012
Professor Karolyn Tyson is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches courses on the sociology of education at the graduate and undergraduate levels, a first-year seminar on equality of educational opportunity, and graduate courses on qualitative research methods. She specializes in qualitative research focused on issues related to schooling and inequality. She is particularly interested in understanding the complex interactions between schooling processes and the achievement outcomes of black students. Her most recent book, Integration Interrupted, shows how the practice of curriculum tracking in the aftermath of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision contributed to students casting academic achievement as a “white thing.” Currently Dr. Tyson is collaborating with a team of researchers on a multi-method, multi-site study examining issues centered on the law, rights consciousness, and legal mobilization in American secondary schools.
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