Transforming habitus: Changing self, changing school

Bland, Derek C. (2012) Transforming habitus: Changing self, changing school. In Pink, William T (Ed.) Schools for marginalized youth: An international perspective. Hampton Press, New York, NY, USA, pp. 81-113.

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Since 2004, Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) students at a low socioeconomic area Australian urban secondary school have used participatory action research to investigate issues of disengagement and absenteeism among their peers. Their research revealed that Indigenous students, who made up about 8% to 10% of the school’s population lacked a sense of belonging to the school. The researchers also revealed an apparent official disregard of the academic or sporting achievements of Indigenous students and, more disturbingly, their presence within the school. The young researchers followed up their findings with action to address the issues. These actions have resulted in a positive change of culture across the whole school, with Indigenous students now able to express pride in their heritage and feel some degree of ownership of the school.

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ID Code: 51058
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: students as researchers, school change, Indigenous education
ISBN: 9781612890692
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The author
Deposited On: 26 Jun 2012 23:00
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2016 23:14

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