Young people, imagination and re-engagement in the middle years

Bland, Derek C., Carrington, Suzanne B., & Brady, Kate (2009) Young people, imagination and re-engagement in the middle years. Improving Schools, 12(3), pp. 237-248.

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This article reports on the first stage of a study that uses Young People as Researchers methodology to investigate the phenomenon of middle-year student disengagement. The study obtains student perspectives on the meanings of engagement and disengagement using a variety of innovative research methods. The first stage of the study focused on a two-day workshop giving students and teachers an overview of the project and providing training and experience in conducting research in their schools. The process employed by the study provides spaces and resources for critical thinking and encourages imaginative responses to the real life problems confronting the students and their peers and affecting their educational engagement. This article describes ways in which engagement is viewed both theoretically and through the empirical work of the student researchers, and how various applications of ‘disciplined imagination’ connect with methods of investigating and understanding engagement.

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ID Code: 28739
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Engagement, Middle School, Students as researchers
DOI: 10.1177/1365480209342655
ISSN: 1365-4802
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Sage Publications
Deposited On: 20 Nov 2009 01:38
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 12:20

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