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ERIC Number: EJ807862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug-15
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8094
For Whom the School Bell Tolls: Conflicting Voices inside an Alternative High School
Kim, Jeong-Hee
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v7 n6 p1-21 Aug 2006
This article is a study of conflicting voices inside an alternative high school in Arizona. Voices of alternative schools are, quite often, not included in the discourse of curriculum reform even though the number of alternative schools is growing every year. Bakhtinian novelness of polyphony, chronotope, and carnival are incorporated into an arts-based, storied form of representation to provoke empathic understanding among readers. Multiple voices (polyphony) of the school are juxtaposed within a certain time and space (chronotope) while all the different voices are valued equally (carnival) to represent conflicting views on public alternative school experiences. The purpose of the article is to provide readers with vicarious access to tensions that exist in an alternative school, so that they may engage in questioning the nature and purpose of these spaces. In so doing, the study aims to promote dialogic conversations about "best practice" for disenfranchised students who are subject to experiencing educational inequalities in the current era of accountability and standardization.
International Journal of Education & the Arts. 1310 South 6th Street, Champaign, IL 61820. Tel: 402-472-9958; Fax: 402-472-2837; Web site: http://www.ijea.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001