Edited By William M. Reynolds
James Adams is an associate professor in adult education and workforce development at Mississippi State University. His research interests focus on diversity in the workplace, the impact of welfare reform on technical training for the workforce, and critical pedagogy in workforce development and adult education. His current research on the desegregation of public schools in Mississippi stems from his personal experiences as a student in Mississippi during the late 1960s with a father who was a principal and later superintendent and a mother who was a teacher—both of whom were involved with the actual implementation of desegregation in their respective schools.
Natalie Adams is a professor in social and cultural studies in education and director of New College at the University of Alabama. Her research interests focus on the ways in which the informal curriculum and extracurricular activities shape the raced, gendered, and classed identities of middle and high school girls. Like her coauthor and husband James Adams, Natalie, too, has a personal interest in the desegregation of public schools: She was a third-grade student in Louisiana when court-enforced desegregation took place, and her parents refused to move her to the newly segregated private school for whites only. She, too, comes from a family of teachers and superintendents. Together, Natalie and James have published in the Journal of Career and Technical Education, the Journal of Critical Educational Policy Studies, and the International Journal of Vocational Education and Training, and contributed to two edited books, Crafting...
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