Graduated: 2016, Masters in Pan African Studies
Thesis title: Exploring the differences in girls’ and boys’ learning from their teachers’ perspectives in a coed high school in Kingston, Jamaica
Graduate Student Information
Renee’s research investigated myriad socio-cultural and political factors that are perpetuated in society’s mainstream with her analytical focus on contemporary Jamaica. In light of this, her study incorporated a structural analysis of contemporary Jamaican society predisposed from post colonialism (neocolonialism), gender stigmatization and afforded male privileges due to patriarchy. From a gendered lens, her research provided insight of girls’ and boys’ performativity, their academic investments shaped through cultural experiences and their attitudes towards learning. The students’ modes of social achievement and expectations were influenced from teachers’ standpoints, expertise, implementation of strategies and development of the curriculum. A critical issue emphasized throughout the research was parental involvement, influence and value placed on learning as well as the impact of politics in the education sector.
At present, she is engaged in extensive voluntary work both nationally and internationally to establish equitable relations. Thus, through her dedication as a proficient educator, manager and organizer, she continues to focus on disenfranchised individuals (youths and adults). As a part of her individual contribution, she works to developing diverse communities, establishing effective interaction and communication for sustaining common grounds in health and education.