Dr. Croom's mission is to cultivate more human fulfillment and mitigate human suffering. He launched his research career through the Literacy, Language and Culture program, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His dissertation study investigated teachers’ conceptualization(s) of race in literacy instruction with Black children. This work makes a theoretical and empirical contribution to the fields of Education and Literacy. Within his broader inquiries of race and literacies, he continues to document teachers’ understandings of race and examine the influence these understandings may have on teacher efficacy, student identification, pedagogical reasoning, and teaching practice. Typically, he generates knowledge through case studies and qualitative methods using post-White, vindicationist philosophy and practice of race theory (PRT).
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