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ERIC Number: EJ868832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
A Radical Redistribution of Capital
Weiston-Serdan, Torie L.
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v7 n2 p394-417 Nov 2009
The study of capital in all of its forms has provided key insights into the system of education: its structure, its inequities, its values and its contributions. While the research is a key component to understanding educational opportunity and inequity, it does not advance from research to application. There is a general consensus that the existing system replicates and perpetuates unequal distribution of capital; what practitioners do not understand is how to reform the system so that it replicates and perpetuates an equal distribution of capital. The intent of this analysis, in direct response to the research, is to propose a radical shift or redistribution in capital beginning with the educational system and through a dynamic and collective consciousness in order to address the inequities. The paper consists of three parts: the first, a discussion of the concept of capital and how it is currently distributed through education and perpetuates an unequal distribution of capital within society; the second, a discussion of the need for collective consciousness, introduction of a subversive curriculum and teaching of grassroots activism in order to create change; and the third, a discussion of what the new system would look like should that change take place. This revolution of educational process includes the discussion of changing education from an "accumulation model" to a "cultivation model", thereby creating a space in which cultural and social capital that exists within "undervalued" communities is acknowledged and fostered rather than opposed or assumed deficient.
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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