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ERIC Number: EJ923718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0360-9170
Trampling over or Traveling with? Reconsidering the Culture of Achievement
Herr, Kathryn; Naiditch, Fernando
Language Arts, v88 n5 p356-364 May 2011
Low-income male students of color are among the populations experiencing the least amount of success in the current arrangements of school, described by some as part of the "the boy crisis" in education. This article draws on a year long ethnographic study of a single-sex, all-male classroom in a public middle school. It explores their experiences in a Humanities class (Language Arts and Social Studies) where, with their teacher, the boys gradually constructed a collective sense of collaboration and achievement. The paper responds to Gutierrez's (2008) call for a new vision of educating youth that includes redesigning what counts as the teaching and learning of literacy. The authors, using Gutierrez's conception of "a third space" as well as work by Freire (1970, 1994), describe how this class recreated their classroom space in the midst of school wide practices and curricula driven by high-stakes assessment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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