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Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with Gettin’ Too Big for Your Britches: Empowering Students of Appalachia through Education

Rippey, Leanna B. (2015) Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with Gettin’ Too Big for Your Britches: Empowering Students of Appalachia through Education. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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This work explores the complexities of Appalachia and the effects of the educational system on Appalachian students. Appalachian values and lifestyles are commonly misunderstood by many educators and individuals outside of the region. In the field of education, teachers tend to try and “fix” issues he/she may find, not realizing the importance of culture and heritage to the student. With majority cultures attempting to silence marginalized and minority cultures through education and standardization, many Appalachians and others distrust the educational system as a place that forces change. By learning more about the culture of students in the Appalachian classroom, teachers can encourage students to be proud of their cultural heritage through and in partnership with the English Language Arts (ELA) classroom. By using alternative teaching methods and an empowering, positive education, students of marginalized and minority cultures are given respect and acceptance for their valued cultural uniqueness. Instead of continuing the marginalization of Appalachians and their views on education, this research further expands on educational progress by illustrating a series of lesson units that would effectively incorporate Appalachian literature, values, and culture into the secondary classroom. As an educated Appalachian teacher, it is important for students, no matter where in the world they may be, that they are comfortable and respected as they learn. Culture is a valued educational tool that can connect students, teachers, families, and the community into working together for students’ success.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Radford University > College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences > Department of English
Depositing User: Leanna B. Rippey
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2015 13:15
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2022 18:04
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/185

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