Ability Profiling and School Failure: One Child's Struggle to be Seen as Competent
Ability Profiling and School Failure, Second Edition explores 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 the powerful case study of a competent fifth grader named Jay, 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.
In this new edition, researcher and teacher-educator Kathleen Collins situates the story of Jay’s struggle to be seen as competent within current scholarly conversations about the contextualized nature of dis/ability. In particular, she connects her work to recent research into the overrepresentation of minority students in special education, exploring the roles of situated literacies, classroom interactions, and social stereotypes in determining how some students come to be identified as "disabled." Ability Profiling and School Failure, Second Edition comprises a thorough investigation into the socially constructed nature of ability, identity, and achievement, illustrating the role of educational and social exclusion in positioning students within particular identities.
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Introduction Sociocultural Perspectives on Disability and Positioning ...
The Boy Who Had Something to Say
Hes What I Would Call out There
He Was Immediate He Was Like Immediate
Wheres 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
Its Like a Burst A Burst of Fire
Do You Think Im Proper?
This Aint Easy
Church is Not a Game
I Think Thats Why We Became Very Good Friends
If You Stick Out You Get Squashed Ability Profiling as Response to Difference
Approaches to Inquiry Analysis and Representation ...