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ERIC Number: ED566313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 253
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3037-5111-0
The Muddy-Booted Boys: A Case Study of Working-Class Youth in a Rural Community
Kleiderlein, Marie
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo
This case study describes the high school experiences of White working-class boys in a rural community in the northeast United States. It examines the identity formation of these youth, key characteristics of those identities, as well as a prominent and significant group identity among them. These youth are typically kinesthetic learners and prefer practical knowledge to school-based knowledge. As a result, they often struggle in academic classes and resist didactic instruction. For them, resistance is purposeful, an act of conscience. The study illuminates the importance of carnival and other types of teacher mediation and classroom design which contribute to relationship building between teachers and students, thereby supporting academic growth and achievement. [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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