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dc.contributor.authorBeals, Rebecca
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-01T22:39:59Z
dc.date.available2011-07-01T22:39:59Z
dc.date.issued2011-07-01
dc.date.submittedMay 2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/12814
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis, I examine the changing conceptualization of what is called the “at-risk” or disadvantaged student from 1960-2009. Using components of theory on education as an institution, the construction of knowledge, and racial formation theory, I specifically argue that research reviews and federal policy serve as sites where these core concepts in educational discourse and policy continually go through a process of rearticulation and legitimation. I use one journal, the Review of Educational Research, to examine this relationship over 50 years, from 1960-2009. I use a quantitative content analysis of research abstracts to explore 1.) how the concept of the “at-risk student” is rearticulated between 1960-2009 and 2) how this is possibly legitimated through research discourse and changing educational policy over changing sociopolitical climates. I do this by tracing the trajectory of the change in conceptualization with changing policy and political regimes. Twenty-one individual level categories defining the “at-risk” students emerge and are tracked over time. I conclude by discussing how the relationship between research discourse on the “at-risk student” and federal policy directed toward the “at-risk” mutually influence each other using legitimating effects so that this concept remains a stable instrument to structure society. Implications for diversity are discussed.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectEducationen_US
dc.subjectInequalityen_US
dc.subjectAt-Risk Studenten_US
dc.subject.lcshChildren with social disabilities--Education
dc.subject.lcshYouth with social disabilities--Education
dc.subject.lcshStudent assistance programs
dc.subject.lcshEducational equalization
dc.titleConstructing the "At-Risk" Student in Education: A Sociopolitical Analysis from 1960-2009en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeSociologyen_US
dc.description.levelMastersen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Sociologyen_US
dc.description.advisorLopez, Nancy
dc.description.committee-memberLopez, Nancy
dc.description.committee-memberIbarra, Roberto
dc.description.committee-memberFiala, Robert
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