Date of Award

Fall 12-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Lilia P. Savova, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Usree Bhattacharya, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Beatrice S. Fennimore, Ed.D.


In this mixed methods study, the author examined how messages about families of linguistic and cultural diversity (FLCDs) in the context of parent involvement (PI) e-discourse were recontextualized across the tri-level educational authority structure. Corpus creation and analysis was used to provide quantitative data to direct the subsequent critical discourse analysis. From the analysis of fifteen data sets, the author discovered specific lexical, syntactic, and whole-text discursive elements which uncovered the accessibility and ideological structures supporting the recontextualizations of FLCDs in PI. Findings exhibited the continual deficit positioning of FLCDs, shown through the conflicting, dependent relationship between educational authorities and FLCDs. The results of this study may influence the existing condition of PI expectations for FLCDs in the American school system and may be significant in its contribution to two main areas of educational research: policy implementation and teacher training.