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Negotiating multiple identities between school and the outside world : A critical discourse analysis

Ryan, M. & Johnson, G. (2009) Negotiating multiple identities between school and the outside world : A critical discourse analysis. Critical Studies in Education, 50(3), pp. 247-260.

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Abstract

This article examines interview talk of three students in an Australian high school to show how they negotiate their young adult identities between school and the outside world. It draws on Bakhtin’s concepts of dialogism and heteroglossia to argue that identities are linguistically and corporeally constituted. A critical discourse analysis of segments of transcribed interviews and student-related public documents finds a mismatch between a social justice curriculum at school and its transfer into students’ accounts of outside school lived realities. The article concludes that a productive social justice pedagogy must use its key principles of (con)textual interrogation to engage students in reflexive practice about their positioning within and against discourses of social justice in their student and civic lives. An impending national curriculum must decide whether or not it negotiates the discursive divide any better.

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ID Code: 26769
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Critical discourse analysis, school identity, social justice curriculum, Bakhtin
DOI: 10.1080/17508480903009574
ISSN: 1750-8487
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 13 Aug 2009 10:01
Last Modified: 10 May 2014 00:32

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