Urban Educational Identity

Urban Educational Identity : Seeing Students on Their Own Terms

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WINNER 2017 O.L. Davis, Jr. AATC Outstanding Book in Education Award WINNER 2017 American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Award Through rich ethnographic detail, Urban Educational Identity captures the complexities of urban education by documenting the everyday practices of teaching and learning at a high-achieving, high-poverty school. Drawing on over two years of intensive fieldwork and analysis, author Sara M. Childers shows how students, teachers, and parents work both within and against traditional deficit discourses to demonstrate the challenges and paradoxes of urban schooling. It offers an up-close description of how macro-government policies are interpreted, applied, and even subverted for better or worse by students as active agents in their own education. The book moves on to develop and analyze the concept of "urban cachet," tracing how conceptions of race and class were deeply entwined with the very practices for success that propelled students towards graduation and college entrance. A poignant, insightful, and practical analysis, Urban Educational Identity is a timely exploration of how race and class continue to matter in schools.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 132 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12.7mm | 328g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3 Line drawings, black and white
  • 1138842915
  • 9781138842915

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"This book is an important contribution to the literature on urban education. It refutes the deficit and pathology-driven orientations so common to studying schools, school reform, and youth from historically marginalized urban areas. The author's analysis provides a powerful testament to how one particular school is finding success through a hopeful, positive, and potential-driven lens." -Brian D. Schultz, Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor and Department Chair, Educational Inquiry and Curriculum, Northeastern Illinois University "In an era of shrinking resources for public education and inner-city schools confronting daily unkempt, sleepy children from troubled families, this book offers a story that is at once grim and full of hope." -From the Foreword by Richard Delgado, John J. Sparkman Chair of Law, The University of Alabama "Urban Educational Identity articulates the complexities and paradoxes of U.S. urban education and is an exemplar of necessary shifts in policy studies, theory, and methodology. Childers provides a refreshing model of how to think poststructurally with race theory, deftly arguing that without these co-thinkings the discursive and material complexities of urban education-such as how equity and excellence are defined and experienced through daily practices and policies-will continue to be overlooked." -Wanda Pillow, Associate Professor of Education and Gender Studies, University of Utahshow more

About Sara M. Childers

Sara M. Childers is an independent scholar and assistant director of The Women's Place, the women's policy office at The Ohio State University. She resides in Dublin, Ohio, USA.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Series Editor Introduction Chapter 1: Rethinking Urban Education Vignette: Can I get into Trouble? Negotiating the Terms of Research Chapter 2: Ohio Magnet School Before and After Brown Vignette: "See What We Don't Have:" The Myth of the Boutique School Chapter 3: "State Standards are the Minimum of What We Do" Vignette: Winter Formal Assembly Chapter 4: Excellent Intentions: Racialized Enrollment Practices of a Successful? Urban School Vignette: International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge Course at OMS Chapter 5: Urban Cachet Vignette: Mr. Hart's English and History "Split" Class Chapter 6: Those Students Vignette: "He Just Gave Us All the Answers:" Boys Participation in 10th Grade Humanities Chapter 7: On Their Own Terms Appendix I: Getting in Trouble Appendix II: Recommendations ãshow more

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