Reconstructing 'Dropout': A Critical Ethnography of the Dynamics of Black Students' Disengagement from School / Edition 1

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Overview

As many as one million untrained youths will enter the Canadian labour market by the year 2000. And yet, 60 per cent of jobs being created in Canada require at least a high school education. The drop-out rate is one of the most crucial issues that Canadian educators face.

Traditionally, we have pinned dropping out on individual failure or specific situations such as pregnancy, substance abuse, and family troubles. The authors of this book suggest that the problem is more complex. Race, class, gender, and other forms of social difference can affect how education is delivered. For Black students, whose drop-out rate is disproportionately high, race is a key element in disengagement. The authors turn to the experiences of Black and non-Black students, teachers, parents, and community workers to try and reconstruct the social, structural, and institutional practices that lead Black youth to lose interest in and leave school.

Based on a three-year study in the greater Toronto area, Reconstructing 'Dropout' establishes a new frame of reference for understanding the dilemma. It is a call for social action and transformation that should not be ignored by researchers, teachers, administrators, and the Black community at large.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802080608
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 12/27/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

George J. Sefa Dei is Professor, Department of Sociology in Education, University of Toronto.

Josephine Mazzuca and Jasmin Zine are both doctoral candidates of sociology in education at OISE/UT.

Elizabeth McIsaac currently teaches at Centennial College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 3
2 Research Methodology 31
3 The Social Construction of a 'Drop-out': Dispelling the Myth 46
4 Understanding Student Disengagement 64
5 Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender 85
6 Authority, Power, and Respect 106
7 Streaming and Teacher Expectations: Social Change or Reproduction? 115
8 Curriculum: Content and Connection 137
9 Framing Issues of Identity and Representation 150
10 The Colour of Knowledge: Confronting Eurocentrism 169
11 Family, Community, and Society 189
12 Visions of Educational and Social Change 199
13 The Missing Link 220
Appendices 255
References 269
Author Index 281
Subject Index 285
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