ERIC Number: EJ1156672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
The Production of Schoolchildren as Enlightenment Subjects
Link, Holly; Gallo, Sarah; Wortham, Stanton E. F.
American Educational Research Journal, v54 n5 p834-867 Oct 2017
This article investigates children's elementary school experiences, exploring how they become autonomous, rational individuals--the type of person envisioned in the European Enlightenment and generally imagined as the outcome of Western schooling. Drawing on ethnographic research that followed one cohort of Latinx children across five years, we examine how schooling practices change across the elementary school years in a context that foregrounds high-stakes testing. We describe how practices that focus heavily on testing mold children into autonomous, rational individuals while marginalizing those who don't fit this model. Adhering to these practices and naturalizing the Enlightenment subject limits educators' ability to serve students who resist the normative practices of schooling.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Student Experience, Personal Autonomy, Student Development, Ethnography, Cohort Analysis, Hispanic American Students, Followup Studies, High Stakes Tests, Educational Practices, Critical Theory, Video Technology, School Visitation, Home Visits, Kindergarten, Transitional Programs, Immigrants, Observation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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