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"Voices of possibility and hope": What at-risk students can tell teachers about classroom engagement

Bland, Derek C. (2008) "Voices of possibility and hope": What at-risk students can tell teachers about classroom engagement. In Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2008, March 24–28, 2008, New York.

Abstract

Secondary school students who had disengaged from mainstream classrooms have demonstrated that they had maintained hope in achieving a positive outcome from education. In a long-running schools-university project that employed a "students-as-researchers" method to investigate apparent low aspiration for tertiary education, at-risk students enthusiastically produced high quality results. This paper outlines the project and addresses the features that the participants state were instrumental in their re-engagement and that have re-connected them with formal education. These features are then considered in relation to maintaining the educational engagement of at-risk students in mainstream classrooms. The production of an award-winning DVD, conceptualized and created by the students, illustrates the quality of their engagement and provides a starting point for discussion.

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ID Code: 13522
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: students as researchers, educational disadvantage, at risk students
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Copyright Statement: This work may be downloaded only. It may not be copied or used for any purpose other than scholarship. If you wish to make copies or use it for a nonscholarly purpose, please contact AERA directly.
Deposited On: 08 May 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:58

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