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Ability Profiling and School Failure One Child's Struggle to Be Seen As Competent

ISBN-10: 0415898234
ISBN-13: 9780415898232
Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)
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Description: Ability Profiling and School Failure, 2nd editionexplores the social and contextual forces that shape the appearance of academic ability and disability and how these forces influence the perception of academic underachievement of minority students.  More...

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Book details

List price: $48.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.012

Ability Profiling and School Failure, 2nd editionexplores the social and contextual forces that shape the appearance of academic ability and disability and how these forces influence the perception of academic underachievement of minority students. At the book'¬"s core is a powerful case study of a competent fifth grader, an African American boy growing up in a predominantly white, rural community, who was excluded from participating in science and literacy discourses within his classroom community. The case study allows for the integration of the story of the student's struggle to be seen as competent with the author'¬"s perspective as a researcher and teacher-educator engaged in professional development with the teacher. This new edition situates the book and its case study within current conversations about the contextualized nature of disability, exploring the role of situated literacies, classroom interactions, and social stereotypes in shaping students'¬" identification as "disabled." The author connects her work to disability studies in education and recent research into the overrepresentation of minority students in special education. Ability Profiling and School Failure, 2nd editionexplores the situated and socially constructed nature of ability, identity, and achievement, and illustrates the role of educational and social exclusion in positioning students within particular identities.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Sociocultural Perspectives on dis/Ability and Positioning
The boy who had something to say
He's what I would call out there
He was immediate. He was like immediate
Where's the evidence?
Jay just amazes me during this, he really does
It will be very, very difficult for him to learn how to function in the class
It's like a burst, a burst of fire
You got to hear this!
So who wrote it?
Jay, we gotta find you a group
I'm the boy who likes bugs
Do you think I'm proper?
This ain't easy!
Church is not a game!
I think that's why we became very good friends
"If you stick out, you get squashed:" Ability profiling as response to difference
Epilogue
Appendix
Approaches to Inquiry, Analysis and Representation

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