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ERIC Number: ED414284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Pages: 17
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Negotiating Borders of Self and Other: Schools as Sites for the Construction of Identity.
Gover, Mark R.
Although the connections between learning and identity are acknowledged in most contexts (e.g., family, community, and workplace), these issues are oddly divorced in schools, a curious bifurcation given schools' developmental agenda. This situation is suggested to have emerged from a Western folk-view in which the cognitive act of learning is seen as distinct from the social and emotional aspects of identity making. However, since learning (or the failure to learn) always positions students socially, students' constructions of knowledge cannot be separated from their constructions of themselves as people. Accordingly, it is suggested that identity is more accurately understood as a quality of the coupling between a student and his or her school-based attempts to learn rather than as something irrelevant to learning, achieved or acquired by the student in other contexts. (Contains 1 figure and 24 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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