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ERIC Number: ED555750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 213
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3035-1229-2
Succeeding at Failure: The Educational Experiences of Marginalized, Rural, White Males
Moore, Michele Miller
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Indiana University
This study examined the educational experiences of marginalized, rural, white males at a small high school in the Midwest. The nine students in the study were interviewed over the course of one school year. The interviews, along with observations and document review, constituted the methods used in the study. The researcher utilized ethnographic study to analyze the experiences of those students. This method allowed for the researcher to use the natural environment of the boys in a social context to undercover and analyze their experiences. The boys provided a rich insight into their educational experiences both academic and socially. Their scrutiny created a more complete examination of the educational experiences of males in terms of both school structure and relationships. Results of the study included the affects the educational experiences had on the boys' relationships, including those with parents and teachers. The influence of perceived smart kids and the grading practices as well as the role of physical fighting were analyzed. How schools contributed to the failure of the boys through the narrowing of the curriculum, the school structure, and the language arts deficits present in many of the boys was also examined. Lastly, the safety nets the boys developed at school in the alternative school and in the future job market were reviewed. This study sheds light on how schools, and in particular school structure, create environments where certain marginalized, rural, white males are set up for failure and pushed out into an alternative school in order to survive the school experience. Implications are reviewed for school leaders, teachers, parents, and researchers. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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