Jerry Rosiek, an associate professor in the Department of Education Studies, was recently awarded the O.L. Davis, Jr. AATC Outstanding Book in Education Award for the tome he co-wrote with Kathy Kinslow, Resegregation as Curriculum: The Meaning of the New Racial Segregation in U.S. Public Schools.
Each year, the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC) acknowledges an Outstanding Book in Education. AATC, as a recognized major society in the common fields of curriculum and teaching, selects a book that merits high praise and recognition. The award is given in recognition of scholarship that adds substantively to the body of knowledge about the practices and theories of curriculum and teaching.
Rosiek's scholarship is focused on developing a set of concepts and research practices that can enhance our understanding of teachers' practical knowledge. His current research focuses on the connections between the institutional and discursive structures that enable/disable teachers' practice and the type of preparation teachers need if they are to navigate those contexts constructively.
About the book
Resegregation as Curriculum offers a compelling look at the formation and implementation of school resegregation as contemporary education policy, as well as its impact on the meaning of schooling for students subject to such policies. Working from a ten-year study of a school district undergoing a process of resegregation, Rosiek and Winslow examine the ways this "new racial segregation" is rationalized and the psychological and sociological effects it has on the children of all races in that community.
Drawing on critical race theory, agential realism, and contemporary pragmatist semiotics, the authors expose how these events functioned as a hidden curriculum that has profound repercussions on the students’ identity formation, self-worth, conceptions of citizenship, and social hope. This important account of racial stratification of educational opportunity expands our understanding of the negative consequences of racial segregation in schools and serves as a critical resource for academics, educators, and experts who are concerned about the effects of resegregation nationwide.
In 2014, Rosiek discussed this topic on an MSNBC video segment.