ERIC Number: EJ816747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
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Struggling to Recognize Their Existence: Examining Student-Adult Relationships in the Urban High School Context
Rodriguez, Louie F.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v40 n5 p436-453 Dec 2008
In today's reform context, much attention is placed on policies and outcomes and far less emphasis on understanding the social and cultural processes in schools. Using case-study methodology, I examine relationships between low-income, urban high school students of color, and the school adults with whom they interact. Using grounded theory, students' experiences are analyzed and interpreted through the lens of recognition. Recognition is used as both a theoretical and empirical concept to illuminate students' experiences and voices, especially since the construct is largely absent in the U.S. education discourse. Students revealed that being known by adults, talking with adults, engaging with adults personally, and experiencing encouraging adults were all critical elements of recognition. I suggest that student-adult relationships, via the practice of recognition in urban schools, needs to be interrogated, deliberate, and political so that the transformative purpose of education can be realized.
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Urban Schools, Educational Change, High Schools, Teacher Student Relationship, Student Empowerment, Student Role, Recognition (Psychology), African American Students, Social Psychology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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