The Passions of Learning in Tight Circumstances: Toward a Political Economy of the Mind


by Ray McDermott - 2010

Novelists and economists often imagine and theorize characters who learn to survive under difficult circumstances. Mainstream educational research, in contrast, has missed the intelligence of people battling real-life pressures, and research accounts of what people cannot do in school appear more as symptoms of a sorting system than a resource for reform. Educational research might be better focused on people’s accomplishments and learning in demanding situations.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 109. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 112 Number 13, 2010, p. 144-159
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18409, Date Accessed: 2/23/2020 1:38:14 PM

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