ERIC Number: ED468304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
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Risky Business? "At-Risk" Designations and Culturally Diverse Schooling.
Wotherspoon, Terry; Schissel, Bernard
This discussion paper examines discourses, studies, and practices associated with designating certain children and youth as "at-risk learners." Focusing primarily on children and youth in Canada, the paper contends that appropriate and effective responses to the problems of at-risk learners require a new approach that includes a better use of resources. The discussion begins with an assessment of the terms traditionally and currently used to define students with learning problems and how the terms themselves may be problematic. It then goes on to examine some of the key factors involved in the analysis and education of at-risk learners. It continues by outlining educational practices and school-community relations that are characteristic of a vision of schooling and child development based on the principles of social justice. Finally, the discussion concludes with arguments for ensuring that equitable educational opportunities are available to all learners, and for cooperation and coordination among schools, community networks, and public agencies. (Contains a short list of questions and recommendations, and 60 references.) (WFA)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Cultural Differences, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, High Risk Students, Labeling (of Persons), Learning Disabilities
Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, 95 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 1106, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4V 1N6. Tel: 416-962-8100; Fax: 416-962-2800; Web site: http://www.cmec.ca/stats/pcera/symposium2000/index.stm. For full text: http://www.cmec.ca/stats/pcera/symposium2000/schissel.en.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Canada