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Title: Inner City Students: Stamped, Labled and Shipped Out! Deficit Thinking and Democracy in An Age of Neoliberalism
Authors: Sharma, Manu
Advisor: Portelli, John P.
Department: Theory and Policy Studies in Education
Keywords: deficit thinking
philosophy of education
Issue Date: 11-Dec-2009
Abstract: My thesis topic on deficit thinking, democracy and an ethic of care emerges as a result of the clashes that take place under political and socio-economic agendas which are deeply connected with the conflicting interpersonal challenges that inner city students face. My thesis focuses on two major aspects regarding deficit thinking: 1. What are the different frameworks that create and support deficit thinking and deficit practices, and are there any philosophical inconsistencies or overlap amongst them? Moreover, what is the conceptualization(s) of deficit thinking that arise from these different frameworks? 2. Why is deficit thinking toward inner city students philosophically problematic and inconsistent with creating true democratic education possibilities? After presenting and highlighting my concerns about deficit thinking practices, I briefly provide an alternative vision for education. This truly democratic vision of education is comprised of four main components: critical thinking, participatory democracy, moral responsibility, and an ethic of care.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18094
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