Tough Fronts: The Impact of Street Culture on Schooling

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Education - 187 pages
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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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Contents

A Study of StreetSavvy Students
1
part I Expert Points of View
13
part II The Perspectives of StreetSavvy Students
49
part III Solutions Broader Implications and Policy Suggestions
109
A Brief Review of Selected Literature Effective Schools and Critical Theory
149
Notes
155
Glossary of Social Scientific Terms and Concepts
169
References
173
Index
179
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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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