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ERIC Number: EJ1202383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan-7
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1068-2341
Troubling the Master Narrative of "Grit": Counterstories of Black and Latinx Students with Dis/Abilities during an Era of "High-Stakes" Testing
Tefera, Adai A.; Hernández-Saca, David; Lester, Ashlee M.
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v27 n1 Jan 2019
In this study we trouble the notion of "grit" and "high-stakes" testing by focusing on the experiences and perspectives of Black and Latinx students labeled with dis/abilities with the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). Through interviews, focus groups, and classroom observations with 15 Black and Latinx students labeled with dis/abilities, we utilize the power of student voice and counterstories to problematize the master narrative of a "grit"/no "grit" binary in education policy discourse. This binary has contributed to an educational culture that reinforces victim blaming, reifies inequities for Black and Latinx students with dis/abilities, and undermines students' emotional wellbeing. Harnessing the power of the students' experiences and perspectives, we conclude with recommendations for policy and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California