Education and community : an interpretive inquiry into the meaning and messages of schooling using a metaphor of ecological community

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Ita Fay Kilbride (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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H. Svi Shapiro

Abstract: The research, which uses participant observation, interviews, and document analysis, is an interpretive inquiry into the meanings and messages of schooling. Although the data for this study was collected at a small private school in western North Carolina, the issues explored have significance and implications that go beyond this particular setting to schooling in general and society at large. The purpose of the study is to affirm the living together in justice, equality, and interdependence, while putting forward models of "authentic" and "unauthentic" community. The characteristics considered important in these models of community are humanity, God, freedom, equality, fraternity, work, and love. There is often great disparity between the positive aspects of these issues and the dominant system of values, assumptions, and practices which permeate this, and other, school communities. The inquiry focuses on the powerful influences of this hidden curriculum of schooling which often creates rigid barriers to a spirit of "authentic" community. These influences, which remain largely tacit, like school rules, expectations, assumptions, and rituals, are examined using a metaphor of ecological community.

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Language: English
Date: 1985
Community and school
Universities and colleges $x Curricula
Schools $z North Carolina

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