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ERIC Number: EJ1095661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1946
Transitions to Middle-Skill Jobs: Pathways into the New Racio-Economic Structure of the 21st Century
Vafai, Maliheh Mansuripur
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v52 n2 p139-154 2016
"College and Career Pathways" is an educational policy initiative widely acclaimed as a commonsensical and effective measure to ease students' transitions between secondary and postsecondary education and into the middle-skill jobs. This article investigates the internal dynamics of the "Pathways'" curricular model as well as its underpinning assumptions and implications. First, it situates this development within the broader context of school-to-work reform efforts and explores its connections to the neoliberal ideological thinking. Drawing on Leonardo's (2012) critical "raceclass" theory of education as a conceptual lens, and with close attention to the new order of job categories, it then examines the rise of "Pathways" in light of the realities of class, race, and the asymmetrical power relations that characterize the modern nation state. The article concludes that "pathways" is best understood when situated within the dynamics of production and reproduction of a new class of workers for the new racio-economic structure of the 21st century.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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