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ERIC Number: EJ1152138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
On "Becoming"--The "Educational" Quandary of Teaching Incarcerated Youth
Davey, Natalie
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v39 n4 p391-409 2017
Given the title of Literacy teacher, and expected to teach three 50-min periods a day to youth, ages 12 to 17, who were awaiting trial, the then 23 year old author's classroom was located in the basement of an adjoined building fronting two urban thoroughfares. Toronto's family court building still remains at the front entrance, but the back door--what was York Detention Centre's official mailing address--is now shuttered. The criminal-legal and educational-legal systems, both mediated by two legislative and policy complexes, had a claim to her classroom. Her definition of what she thought "teaching" should look like changed as she learned quickly to engage and entice a student she might only work with once or twice with high interest literacy-based materials ever kept at the ready. As a more seasoned teacher, she has since acquired the language to ask explicitly what it might mean to think of the best part of education as something apart from simply gaining qualification and socialization. She wrties that today she finds herself wondering what role education might play in what it means to be human as she draws on Biesta's 2012 notion of the teacher's sporadic identity and offers her reflections on her experiences as a young literacy teacher at the York Detention Centre.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)
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