Community Colleges as Cultural Texts: Qualitative Explorations of Organizational and Student Culture


Questions whether, and how, community colleges confront the challenges of diversity and provide real opportunities for upward mobility.
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Questions whether, and how, community colleges confront the challenges of diversity and provide real opportunities for upward mobility.
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Given equivocal evidence about whether these "peoples's colleges" promote upward mobility for working class and minority students, the ten contributions apply micro-level dynamic-interactionist (as vs. macro-level static-structural) approaches to research how community colleges confront the challenges of diversity. Some studies are grounded in traditional data-oriented qualitative analysis, whereas others engage in "critical qualitative analysis" accenting theoretical constructs based on actors' power positions and views. Topics include: cultures of support for at-risk students, identity issues, responses to ideological messages about work, and the multicultural community college of the future. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791442906
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: SUNY series, Frontiers in Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1
Community Colleges as Cultural Texts: A Conceptual Overview
Kathleen M. Shaw, Robert A. Rhoads, and James R. Valadez

Chapter 2
Cultures of Support for At-Risk Students: The Role of Social and Emotional Capital in the Educational Experiences of Women
Dennis McGrath and William Van Buskirk

Chapter 3
The Struggle for Mobility in the Contact Zone of Basic Writing
Stanford T. Goto

Chapter 4
Navigating the Raging River: Reconciling Issues of Identity, Inclusion, and Administrative Practice
Marilyn J. Amey

Chapter 5
Preparing for Work in a Post-Industrial World: Resistance and Compliance to the Ideological Messages of a Community College
James R. Valadez

Chapter 6
The Politics of Culture and Identity: Contrasting Images of Multiculturalism and Monoculturalism
Robert A. Rhoads

Chapter 7
"Be a Name, Not a Number": The Role of Cultural and Social Capital in the Transfer Process
Armando Trujillo and Eusebio Diaz

Chapter 8
Defining the Self: Constructions of Identity in Community College Students
Kathleen M. Shaw

Chapter 9
Celebratory Socialization of Culturally Diverse Students Through Academic Programs and Support Services
Berta Vigil Laden

Chapter 10
Toward a New Vision of the Multicultural Community College for the Next Century
Laura I. Rendón



Suny series, Frontiers in Education

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