Tough Fronts: The Impact of Street Culture on Schooling / Edition 1

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Tough Fronts takes the difficult issues in urban education head on by putting street-savvy students at the forefront of the discussion on how to best make successful changes for inner city schools. Individual chapters discuss scholarly depictions of black America, the social complexity of the teacher-student relationship, individual success stories of 'at-risk' programs, popular images of urban students, and implications for education policy. With close attention to the voices of individual students, this engaging book gives vitality and legitimacy to arguments for school changes that have been lacking in previous discussions.

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" …Dance’s qualitative lens enriches the literature regarding facilitation of resiliency of at-risk students. Portions of Tough Fronts, if not the entire book, would be a valuable resource for teacher training programs and current educators, whether just beginning or seasoned in the profession."—Pam Guess, Education Review, December 2009
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415933001
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/26/2002
  • Series: Critical Social Thought Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

L. Janelle Dance is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. As part of the Education/Spencer Postdoctoral fellowship, she continued her research on urban education in Philadelphia.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
"Props" (Acknowledgments)
Foreword by Michael W. Apple
Introduction: A Study of Street-savvy Students
I. "Expert" Points of View
CHAPTER ONE: There Are No Agents Here: Scholarly Depictions of Black Americans
CHAPTER TWO: Postures Formed by Social Marginalization
III. The Perspectives of Street-savvy Students
CHAPTER THREE: On Being "Hardcore," a "Hardcore Wannabe," or "Hardcore Enough"
CHAPTER FOUR: Social Capital, Cultural Capital, and Caring Teachers: The Perspectives of Street-savvy Students and a "Magic" Teacher
CHAPTER FIVE: Malcolm: "24/7/365"
III. Solutions, Broader Implications, and Policy Suggestions
CHAPTER SIX: Shadows, Mentors, and Surrogate Fathers
CHAPTER SEVEN: Fear of "The Dark": The Vilification of Urban Students
CHAPTER EIGHT: Policy Implications for Individuals in Positions of Influence
Glossary of Social Scientific Terms and Concepts
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