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A black-focused school : black Canadian youth and the mainstream curriculum

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Show simple item record Davis, Megan K. en_US 2010-02-16T15:45:51Z 2010-02-16T15:45:51Z 2009-02-16T15:45:51Z
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT When asked about the proposal for a black-focused school, black youth from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) voiced their agreement with elements of the proposal, but resisted the idea of implementing the proposal by creating a separate school. Although media representations and Dei (1996, 2006) provide insight into what Torontonians' reactions are to the proposed blackfocused school there has been no such information documented on what black youth in the GTA think about the project. This is the first known study that attempts to fill that gap by providing a representation of black youths' voices obtained via focus groups. The study examines what black youth know and think about the proposal, and why they largely disagree with the blackfocused school proposal. While the findings of this study indicate that the participants saw many positive elements of the proposal, they did not support the implementation of a black-focused school as they saw the creation of a separate space for the school as a negative thing. The youth had trouble conceptualizing 'black-focused schooling' as an alternative approach to mainstream education, which had an impact on whether they choose to, or could, respond to questions that precisely related to the black-focused school project. The study concludes that the youth could not visualize what the school would look like and how it would operate because they draw on liberal racist discourses (e.g. colour-blindness, blaming the victim, and equal opportunity) when thinking about their educational experiences; however, there was a clear contradiction in the way the youths' voices reflected an awareness of the role of race in education experiences. It was evident when they talked about fear of stigmatization, but when using liberal discourses the youth discounted the role of race, and seemed not to be aware of its role in educational experiences. These findings pose important implications for educators, would-be educators, administrators, the TDSB and proponents of the black-focused school. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Students, Black--Canada. en_US
dc.subject Discrimination in education--Canada. en_US
dc.title A black-focused school : black Canadian youth and the mainstream curriculum en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US M.A. Child and Youth Studies en_US Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Child and Youth Studies en_US Faculty of Social Sciences en_US

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