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Dr. Toni Sturdivant

Assistant Professor

Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Professional Vita


Peer-Reviewed Journals

Sturdivant, T. D. (2021) Complying and Resisting: A Qualitative Metasynthesis of the Race and Gender Discourses found in the Play of Young Children. Journal of Educational Studies and Multidisciplinary Approaches. 1(2), 85-96. Doi:

Sturdivant, T. D. & Alanis, I. (2019). Teaching through culture.  Journal of Multicultural Education, 13(3), 203-214. doi:

Sturdivant, T.D. & Alanis, I. (2020) I’m gonna cook my baby in a pot: Young Black girls racial preferences and play behaviors. Early Childhood Education Journal. doi:

Sturdivant, T. D. (2020). Sociodramatic play with racially diverse dolls in a child development center. Dimensions of Early Childhood, 48(3) 10-14

Sturdivant, T.D. (forthcoming). She’s Not a Real Princess: A Preschool Teacher’s Journey in Cultural Relevance. Early Years


Sturdivant, T.D. (in review). Racial awareness and the politics of play with racially diverse dolls in a preschool classroom. In review by International Journal of Early Childhood

Sturdivant, T.D. (in review). Supporting Positive Racial Identity with Hands-On Math. In review by Teaching Young Children

Book Chapters

Sturdivant, T.D. (forthcoming). Play discourse as an opportunity for social justice action. In O.S. Jarrett, V. L. Stenhouse, M. M. Patte & J.A. Sutterby (Eds.), Play and social justice across systems of inequity. Peter Lang

Other Publications

Sturdivant, T.D. (2021) What I Learned When I Recreated the Famous ‘doll test’ that looked at how Black kids see race. The Conversation.


Sturdivant, T.D. (2018). Play with Free Stuff: No Batteries Required. NAEYC for Families Website.

Sturdivant, T.D. (2016). Forget the Playroom… Take Them Outside. NAEYC for Families Website.

Sturdivant, T.D. (2015). Science Time Without Spending A Dime. NAEYC for Families Website.

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