Reconstructing Dropout: A Critical Ethnography of the Dynamics of Black Students Disengagement from School by George J. Sefa Dei

Reconstructing Dropout: A Critical Ethnography of the Dynamics of Black Students Disengagement from…

byGeorge J. Sefa Dei, Josephine Mazzuca, Elizabeth McIsaac

Hardcover | December 27, 1997

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As many as one million untrained youths will enter the Canadian labour market by the year 2000. And yet, 60 per cent of jobs being created in Canada require at least a high school education. The drop-out rate is one of the most crucial issues that Canadian educators face.

Traditionally, we have pinned dropping out on individual failure or specific situations such as pregnancy, substance abuse, and family troubles. The authors of this book suggest that the problem is more complex. Race, class, gender, and other forms of social difference can affect how education is delivered. For Black students, whose drop-out rate is disproportionately high, race is a key element in disengagement. The authors turn to the experiences of Black and non-Black students, teachers, parents, and community workers to try and reconstruct the social, structural, and institutional practices that lead Black youth to lose interest in and leave school.

Based on a three-year study in the greater Toronto area, Reconstructing 'Dropout' establishes a new frame of reference for understanding the dilemma. It is a call for social action and transformation that should not be ignored by researchers, teachers, administrators, and the Black community at large.

About The Author

George J. Sefa Dei is Professor, Department of Sociology in Education, University of Toronto.Josephine Mazzuca and Jasmin Zine are both doctoral candidates of sociology in education at OISE/UT.Elizabeth McIsaac currently teaches at Centennial College.

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Title:Reconstructing Dropout: A Critical Ethnography of the Dynamics of Black Students Disengagement from…Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.06 × 1.09 inPublished:December 27, 1997Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

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ISBN - 10:080204199X

ISBN - 13:9780802041999

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Reconstructing Dropout is based on a three-year study that calls for social action and transformation of the system. As many as one million youths will enter the Canadian labour market by the year 2000 and yet 60 per cent of the jobs being created require a minimum of high school education. The authors suggest strategies to solves these dilemmas and look at the issue from all angles. Why do kids dropout and how can we encourage them to stay in school?