"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.

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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
Refereed: No
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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)
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Deposited On: 08 May 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:58

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