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Title:Reframing the right to education in the "Chilean neoliberal experiment": a multi-sited case study of community resistance to public school closings
Author(s):Pino Yancovic, Mauricio
Director of Research:McCarthy, Cameron
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):McCarthy, Cameron; Lubienski, Christopher; Dhillon, Pradeep; Greene, Jennifer
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Case Study
Chile
Community Resistance
Fairclough
Greene
Mixed-method
Mothers
Municipalization
Neoliberalism
Neoliberal Imaginary
Parents
Public Education
Right to Education
Resistance
Stake
SIMCE
Standarization
Standarized Testing
School Closing
School Networks
Tomasevski
Abstract:My dissertation research examines how the right to education, stated explicitly in the Chilean constitution, has been interpreted as educational policies are being enacted. I contrast this analysis with the use of the right to education by a group of poor Chilean parents, who in 2014, successfully resisted school closings in their community. I address these issues by conducting a mixed-methods study based on two methodological approaches: A critical discourse analysis of the right to education as it is elaborated in the Chilean constitution and a multi-sited case study in three schools of parent and community resistance to school closings. There are two main findings that can be summarized based on my research: 1) The commission in charge of developing the constitutional right to education did so with the goal of developing an educational market to promote a school choice policy in Chile, shielding it in a neoliberal imaginary of society; and 2) Parents and guardians of my multi-sited case study have an active role to play in the policy-making process, they cannot be reduced to educational consumers but must be understood as politically engaged persons that can articulate a resistance process by networking with other political agents. A general conclusion of my dissertation is that the right to education should be reframed considering Tomasevski 4 A's scheme, and be reviewed based on how inclusive an educational system is, how diverse and non-standardized the provision of this education is, and if the relationship of meso-level institutions with schools is actually supporting the realization of this fundamental human right.
Issue Date:2016-06-21
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/92996
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Mauricio Pino Yancovic
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-11-10
Date Deposited:2016-08


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