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Anthropology & Education Quarterly

On NCATE Standards and Culture at Work: Conversations, Hegemony, and (Dis-)Abling Consequences

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Many are unaware of the power of the NCATE standards for the accreditation of schools of education. In this article, I first trace the development of the political authority of these standards, and their imposition on hundreds of schools of education. I then focus on the discourse of these standards, particularly the emphasis on “knowledge, skills and dispositions” as personal properties to control. I conclude with a call to highlight the struggles in which all involved are engaged.

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