ERIC Number: EJ781599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
Reassigning the Identity of the Pregnant and Parenting Student
Hallman, Heidi L.
American Secondary Education, v36 n1 p80-98 Fall 2007
Learning about students' literacy practices at a school for pregnant and parenting teens is a tool for educators and scholars in rethinking the identity of the pregnant and parenting student. Though this population of students has been historically marginalized in U.S. school settings, programs such as the one described here have the potential to provide unique, alternative learning spaces for students. Findings illustrate the salience of three themes in reconceptualizing the identity of the pregnant and parenting student: (1) positioning students as both mothers and students; (2) viewing the school as both a place of learning and a place of community; and (3) positioning the students' young children as both the hope for the future and the hope for their mothers' future. The findings contrast with research that has claimed separate schools for teen mothers are most often characterized by a "remedial" approach to learning.
Descriptors: Mothers, Child Rearing, Early Parenthood, Pregnancy, Adolescents, Identification (Psychology), Females, Secondary School Students, Educational Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States