ERIC Number: EJ786848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Learner Identity Amid Figured Worlds: Constructing (In)competence at an Urban High School
Rubin, Beth C.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v39 n2 p217-249 Jun 2007
This article explores the figured world of learning at urban Oakcity High School, describing the learner identities that were available to students amid the practices, categories, discourses and interactions of this world. My aims are 2-fold and interconnected: (1) to reframe a taken-for-granted phenomenon--that students tend to do poorly at urban high schools serving low income students of color, and (2) to apply a situated perspective and the concepts of figured worlds and positional identities to the study of learning and identity at an urban high school, expanding the use of these concepts in educational research.
Descriptors: High Schools, Educational Research, Low Income, Urban Education, Racial Identification, Student Subcultures, School Culture, Low Income Groups, African American Students, High Risk Students, Concept Formation, Public Education, Critical Theory
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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