ERIC Number: EJ1117666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Desegregation's Architects: Education Parks and the Spatial Ideology of Schooling
Erickson, Ansley T.
History of Education Quarterly, v56 n4 p560-589 Nov 2016
From the early 1960s through the early 1970s, a new idea drew the interest of local leaders and national networks of educators seeking to further desegregation but concerned about how to do so within the bounds of white resistance. Huge single- or multischool campuses, called education parks, would draw students from broad geographical areas and facilitate desegregation. But in the design and location choices for these imagined (but often not realized) education parks, desegregation advocates revealed a spatial ideology of schooling that reflected both a rejection of racialized black spaces and an antiurban, modernist aesthetic. Beyond recognizing the place of spatial ideology in desegregation advocacy, this article suggests that historians of education listen for ideas about space and their impact in other areas of educational history.
Descriptors: School Desegregation, Educational Change, Resistance to Change, Whites, Desegregation Plans, Multicampus Districts, Parks, School Location, Ideology, Bias, African Americans, Urban Schools, Educational History
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Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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