In search of a fair public education: A case study on equity in secondary education in the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands

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We live in a world full of conflicting and contradictory ideas. One of them is the idea of fair education. What makes public education fair? A first answer would be that which makes possible equal access to a public good, that is, the equal possibility of access to a shared ethic for the good life. And it is here that the debate on equity in education arises, which we outline in the first part of this article, giving voice to the proposals of authors such as Rawls, Bolívar, Fraser, and Nussbaum, whose concepts serve as the basis for our research model. In a second part, we present a case study of our group, a secondary school (IES) located on the island of Tenerife, and analyze how the school articulates and develops forms of equity influenced by and adapted to the context. Finally, as a provisional conclusion, we highlight contextual aspects, such as changes in educational policies and legislation, teacher involvement, educational results and school dropout rates, that present challenges for a more fair public secondary education.

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Marrero-Acosta, J., Santos Vega, J. D., Sosa Alonso, J. J., & Vega Navarro, A. (2022). In search of a fair public education: A case study on equity in secondary education in the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 30, (120). https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.30.6886
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Educational Policies and Equity
Author Biographies

Javier Marrero-Acosta, Universidad de La Laguna

Catedrático de Didáctica y Organización Escolar de la Universidad de La Laguna. Miembro Grupo de Investigación “Poder, Saberes y Subjetividad en Educación”.

José Diego Santos Vega, Universidad de La Laguna

Doctorando. Miembro Grupo de Investigación “Poder, Saberes y Subjetividad en Educación”.

Juan José Sosa Alonso, Universidad de La Laguna

Profesor Ayudante-Doctor de Didáctica y Organización Escolar de la Universidad de La Laguna. Miembro Grupo de Investigación “Poder, Saberes y Subjetividad en Educación”.

Ana Vega Navarro, Universidad de La Laguna

Profesora Titular de Didáctica y Organización Escolar de la Universidad de La Laguna. Miembro Grupo de Investigación “Poder, Saberes y Subjetividad en Educación”.

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