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ERIC Number: EJ815402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1745-7823
The Big Men in Blue: Custodians in Three American Schools
Scott, Kimberly A.
Ethnography and Education, v2 n2 p239-255 Jun 2007
Although ubiquitous members of schools, few scholars and/or practitioners recognize how custodians'/caretakers' associations with students reciprocally contribute to student welfare and custodian status. This ethnographic study documents custodians' lived experiences while interacting with young children in three socioeconomically different American school settings. The findings suggest that custodians' contextualized behaviors affect their associations and self-perceptions as professionals. Race and gender complicate this process. Recommendations for how scholars, practitioners, and policy makers can capitalize on custodians' ubiquitous roles and their contextualized self-understanding are provided for consideration. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A