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ERIC Number: EJ1216076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2984
"Can I Make Any Difference?" Gang Affiliation, the School-to-Prison Pipeline, and Implications for Teachers
Gass, Kayla M.; Laughter, Judson C.
Journal of Negro Education, v84 n3 p333-347 Sum 2015
This article reports on one teacher's year-long project seeking to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline through class dialogue around gang affiliations. The review of literature defines the school-to-prison pipeline and its connections to gang affiliation. The study engaged methods of qualitative action research with seven male participants between the ages of 15 and 16 in a high school English classroom where they engaged in dialogue around gang affiliation and their experiences of criminalized schools. Findings provided some hope that teachers might play a role in disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline but that strong student-teacher relationships are necessary. Implications describe how other teachers wanting to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline might use curricula that spark discussions around gangs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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