ERIC Number: EJ1085916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
Race and Opportunity in a Public Alternative School
Dunning-Lozano, Jessica L.
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v19 n2 p433-460 2016
This qualitative case-study explores questions about the stratifying role of public alternative schools created for "at-risk" youth by analyzing the school experience of students who attend a single continuation high school and the process of student enrollment and referral to that school. Drawing on the concept of whiteness as property, this article demonstrates how the continuation high school maintained and protected the property functions of whiteness through acts of symbolic violence and the systematic removal of non-white students from the school district's mainstream high school. Instead, students were placed in a substandard alternative school lacking in material and intellectual resources. Furthermore, teachers, counselors, and administrative staff at the mainstream and continuation high schools alike drew upon the racial ideology of merit to rationalize the overrepresentation of non-white youths at the study school and to "deracialize" the student referral process.
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Public Schools, High School Students, At Risk Students, Continuation Students, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Enrollment, Critical Theory, Race, Participant Observation, Interviews, Student Experience, Minority Group Students, Racial Composition, Referral, Student Placement, Disproportionate Representation, Politics of Education, Racial Bias, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California