Immigrant students and the ecology of externalization in a secondary school in Spain



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Poveda, David and Jociles Rubio, María Isabel and Franzë Mudanó, Adela (2014) Immigrant students and the ecology of externalization in a secondary school in Spain. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 45 (2). pp. 185-202. ISSN 0161-7761

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We examine how counselors, teachers, and other professionals at a secondary school in Madrid (Spain) understand cultural diversity and work with immigrant students' educational circumstances. Our analysis suggests that cultural diversity is largely construed as a problem and the explanation of educational difficulties is organized around an "externalizing logic" in which responsibility for educational outcomes is transferred to process and programs outside "ordinary" teachers' realm of action. We analyze these discourses and institutional practices from an ecological perspective: within the context of the local changing demographics of the school, regional/national policy measures around diversity, and wider conceptualizations of cultural diversity in Spain's education system.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Secondary education, Cultural diversity, Spain, Immigration, Professional discourses
Subjects:Social sciences > Sociology > Immigrants and refugees
Social sciences > Sociology > Educational sociology
ID Code:29837
Deposited On:28 Apr 2015 10:25
Last Modified:18 May 2015 08:48

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