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ERIC Number: ED563006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 239
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ISBN: 978-1-4331-1653-7
Living on the Edge: Rethinking Poverty, Class and Schooling. Adolescent Cultures, School and Society. Volume 61
Smyth, John; Wrigley, Terry
Peter Lang Publishing Group
This book confronts one of the most enduring and controversial issues in education--the nexus between poverty and underachievement. The topic has become a key contemporary battleground in the struggle to raise standards. "Living on the Edge" maps and compares a number of competing explanations, critiques inadequate and deficit accounts, and offers a more convincing and useful theory. The authors challenge the view that problems can be fixed by discrete initiatives, which in many instances are deeply rooted in deficit views of youth, families and communities. The book systematically interrogates a range of explanations based outside as well as inside schools. It draws upon positive examples of schools which are succeeding in engaging marginalized young people, providing worthwhile forms of learning, and improving young lives. It is a "must read" for anyone concerned about or implicated in the struggle for more socially just forms of education. Contents include: (1) Foreword: Putting Those "Living on the Edge" at the Centre of Educational Policy and Practice Bob Lingard; (2) Understanding Class and Poverty; (3) Blaming Individuals, Families, and Communities; and (4) The Role of the School.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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