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Living Away from Blessings: School Failure as Lived Experience


reviewed by Kathleen M. Collins — March 24, 2009

coverTitle: Living Away from Blessings: School Failure as Lived Experience
Author(s): Carina Henriksson
Publisher: Althouse Press, Ontario
ISBN: 9780920354674, Pages: 164, Year: 2008
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Between me and the other world there is ever an unasked question: unasked by some through feelings of delicacy; by others through the difficulty of rightly framing it. All, nevertheless, flutter round it. They approach me in a half-hesitant sort of way, eye me curiously or compassionately, and then, instead of saying directly, How does it feel to be a problem? they say, I know an excellent colored man in my town; or, I fought at Mechanicsville; or, Do not these Southern outrages make your blood boil? At these I smile, or am interested, or reduce the boiling to a simmer, as the occasion may require. To the real question, How does it feel to be a problem? I answer seldom a word. Strivings of the Negro People by W. E. Burghardt DuBois Atlantic Monthly 80 (1897): 194-198. In Living Away from Blessings: School Failure as Lived Experience Carina Henriksson sets out on the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 24, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15600, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 1:42:51 AM

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  • Kathleen Collins
    The Pennsylvania State University
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    KATHLEEN M. COLLINS is an Assistant Professor in the Language, Culture and Society Program, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University where she teaches courses in qualitative research methods, classroom discourse, and methods of literacy instruction. Her program of research examines the contextual factors and interactional processes that contribute to school success and school failure. She is the author of Ability Profiling and School Failure: One Child’s Struggle to be Seen as Competent (2003, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates) and her work has appeared in Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, Learning Disabilities Quarterly, and English Journal. Her current project uses a multiple literacies framework to investigate the role of the arts in supporting children's acquisition of academic and content area literacies.
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