Ability Profiling and School Failure: One Child's Struggle to be Seen as Competent

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Routledge, Feb 15, 2013 - Education - 256 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction Sociocultural Perspectives on Disability and Positioning ...
1
The Boy Who Had Something to Say
15
Hes What I Would Call out There
26
He Was Immediate He Was Like Immediate
37
Wheres the Evidence?
49
Jay Just Amazes Me During This He Really Does
59
It Will Be Very Very Difficult for Him to Learn How to Function in the Class
68
Its Like a Burst A Burst of Fire
81
Do You Think Im Proper?
137
This Aint Easy
146
Church is Not a Game
159
I Think Thats Why We Became Very Good Friends
168
If You Stick Out You Get Squashed Ability Profiling as Response to Difference
177
Epilogue
187
Approaches to Inquiry Analysis and Representation ...
189
Notes
209

You Got to Hear This
91
So Who Wrote It?
102
Jay We Gotta Find You a Group
115
Im the Boy Who Likes Bugs
129
Bibliography
216
Index
227
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KATHLEEN M. COLLINS is an Assistant Professor of Language, Culture and Society and Co-Director of the Center for Disability Studies at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA. Her program of research aims to identify and interrupt deficit discourses surrounding children who are positioned as struggling with traditional school literacies. Kathleen is the recipient of the 2012 Ellen Brantlinger Junior Scholar Award for outstanding work within Disability Studies in Education.

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