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Title: Contesting With Feeling: Childhood in and Through Public Education
Authors: Blake, Ali R.
Chen, Grace A.
Ostrowdun, Christopher
Murphy, Ciara Thomas
Vogelstein, Lauren
Radke, Sarah C.
Krishnamoorthy, Rishi
Fisher, Kristin Saba
Kelton, Molly L.
Y., Jasmine
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Blake, A. R., Chen, G. A., Ostrowdun, C., Murphy, C. T., Vogelstein, L., Radke, S. C., Krishnamoorthy, R., Fisher, K. S., Kelton, M. L., & Y., J. (2023). Contesting with feeling: Childhood in and through public education. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 1150-1153). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: In public education forums people create and contest implicit theories of learning and society. We study a community education council meeting where participants address mask mandates, selective admissions policies, and school violence. We used critical discourse analysis to trace how speakers mobilized emotional configurations about children to guide emotion participation. To influence councilmembers’ votes, speakers contested which children should get to learn, under which conditions, and toward what futures. By invoking ideas such as innocence and rationality, meeting participants engaged the racist underpinnings of U.S. society in calling for individualist or collectivist approaches to learning in schools.
Description: Short Paper
Appears in Collections:ISLS Annual Meeting 2023

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