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ERIC Number: EJ1217909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0574
Nurturing Is Not Enough: A Case Study on Social Justice, Caring, and Discipline
Smith, Darrick; Yeh, Christine J.
Journal of Education, v199 n2 p89-98 Apr 2019
We explore the dynamics of nurturing, caring, and enabling in a social justice school and how a problematic context of educational enabling can develop when notions of nurturing are not balanced with consistent disciplinary consequences. In-depth interviews were conducted with eight school staff, teachers, and a student at a social justice urban school. Observational data and institutional documents were also analyzed, and three main themes emerged revealing the tension between nurturing and enabling: (a) sentimentalist standards, (b) perceptions of authority as oppressive, and (c) contradictions in social justice values. We discuss implications for school policy, multicultural education, and school leadership.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California (San Francisco)