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ERIC Number: EJ915803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
Schools as Sites for Transformation: Exploring the Contribution of Habitus
Horvat, Erin McNamara; Davis, James Earl
Youth & Society, v43 n1 p142-170 Mar 2011
Schools are often criticized for their role in creating the dropout problem. This article illustrates that with the right resources and approach, educational programs could become sites of transformation rather than reproducers of social inequality. Narrative and thematic analysis of in-depth interviews with graduates of a nationwide program that serves high school dropouts reveals that its asset-based, mission-driven approach touched many aspects of these students' lives and produced changes in elements of their habitus. Aspects of the program that appeared to be central in changing participants' habitus include the development of self-esteem, the ability to accomplish something of value, and the capacity to contribute to the welfare of others. Implications of these findings for influencing the habitus of school dropouts and improving upward social mobility are discussed. (Contains 8 notes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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