By Jane P. Nagle
Voices from the Margins is an exam of the college studies of twenty working-class scholars in vocational excessive faculties. spotting the complexity and the importance of those university contributors’ reports enriches our realizing of the hierarchical distribution of energy buildings inside of faculties. on the middle of the booklet are the phrases of the contributors who took half within the phenomenological interview method. They speak frankly approximately their lives at school and think about the meanings that they drew from their studies. what's actually impressive approximately their tales is that almost all of the individuals interviewed by no means gave up their struggles to beat the obstacles that have been combating them from achieving their rightful areas in the college. by means of telling their tales they're informing us approximately what's occurring to the disempowered in faculties.
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My sisters and brothers hated to go to school. Me, I loved it. I even wanted to play school when I was home. I use to hate it when my mother would keep me out of school. I was always shy in school. I didn’t want to make mistakes. I just liked being there. I felt safe. I still do. My mother wanted me in the half-English and half-Spanish class, but she never told anyone at the elementary school. I once told my teacher that I’d like to be in the class where they mixed Spanish and English but nothing ever happened.
I wasn’t going to make any mistakes this time and I didn’t. I got my library card. I used to take out about twenty books a week over the summers. They weren’t fun books. They were books I could learn from. I wanted to get caught-up with the kids who had a lot of help with school at home. I wanted to learn. I took out nonfiction. You know what I loved? I loved books of records. You know, these were the books that listed people who excelled in some way. I loved reading those records. When I read anything, I feel like I am improving myself.
At the time of the study the tuition ranged from $4,800 to $5,200 annually per student. ” All four also said that there were more males than females at their schools. They felt that all the students were “like them” when they were asked about the social class status of the student bodies of their schools. Identifying Patterns In the analysis of the data, I decided to accept Seidman’s (1998) recommendation and to complete the interviews for all of the participants before beginning the analysis. This allowed me to focus on the story of each individual as unique and important within itself and not to see it primarily as a part of the emerging analysis of twenty stories.