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ReConceptualizing the possible narratives of adolescence

Patel Stevens, Lisa, Hunter, Lisa T., Pendergast, Donna, Carrington, Victoria, Bahr, Nan, Kapitzke, Cushla, & Mitchell, Jane (2007) ReConceptualizing the possible narratives of adolescence. Australian Educational Researcher, 34(1), pp. 107-127.

Abstract

This paper explores a range of epistemological paradigms available to understand, interpret and semiotically depict young people. These paradigms all draw upon a metadiscourse of developmental age and stage (e.g. Hall 1914) and then work from particular epistemological views of the world to cast young people in different lights. Using strategic essentialism (Spivak 1996), the paper offers descriptions of four existing paradigms, including biomedical (Erikson 1980), psychological (e.g. Piaget 1973), critical (e.g. Giroux & MacLaren 1982) and postmodern (e.g. Kenway & Bullen 2001). While some of these paradigms have been more distinct in particular cultural, historical and political contexts, they have overlapped and informing each other. Each paradigm carries unique consequences for the role of the learner, the teacher and the curriculum. The paper explores contemporary manifestations of the paradigms. From this investigation, a potential new space using concepts of subjectivity (Grosz 1994) for conceptualising young people is offered.

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ID Code: 15371
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Adolescence, adolescents, middle years of schooling, discourse, metadiscourse, narrative
ISSN: 0311-6999
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 AARE
Deposited On: 29 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:34

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