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Bottom set citizen

Bottom set citizen

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Date(s) - 04/29/2021
7:00 am - 8:00 am

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Learning And Leadership Department Research Seminars


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Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 7:00 am to 8:00 am CDT.

How the epistemic injustice done to children in the bottom sets, produces a bottom set citizen (BSC)

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Join this DLL Research Seminar led by Paula Ambrossi (Lecturer and PhD candidate, IOE – Learning & Leadership, UCL Institute of Education) to discuss her research on how the epistemic injustice done to children in the bottom sets, produces a bottom set citizen (BSC).

There have been many uprisings around the world motivated by a sense of social injustice and ongoing oppression from the state (e.g. Arab Spring in 2010, the Chilean social revolt in 2019). However, some injustices are more difficult to acknowledge because they happen to the most vulnerable and disempowered group of all: children, and in the very place designed for their welfare: school. I argue that by setting children by ability in UK classrooms (Primary) and across the school (Secondary), we inflict an epistemic injustice on them. Defined as ‘a wrong done to someone specifically in their capacity as a knower’ (Fricker, 2007:par1), I argue that epistemic injustice is suffered by those children segregated to the ‘bottom set’ as their academic horizons and broader knowledge base are restricted, ultimately impacting on their epistemic virtue. I explore how meritocratic practices compounded by latent imperial values may be responsible for schools continuing to group children by ability, regardless of mounting evidence suggesting its harm (ensuing humiliation) and ineffectiveness (lack of upward mobility). If, as John Dewey states, children are representatives of the social organism that they lived through, I argue that the epistemic injustice done to children in the bottom sets, produces a bottom set citizen (BSC), a potential participant not of political but of epistemic revolt against institutions of knowledge.

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