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Critical pedagogy and youth: Negotiating complex discourse worlds

Ryan, Mary E. (2007) Critical pedagogy and youth: Negotiating complex discourse worlds. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 15(2), pp. 245-262.

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Curriculum and policy documents in many states and countries around the world, but more specifically in Queensland, Australia are underpinned by an emancipatory agenda, in particular the principles of social justice. Educators are called upon to achieve this through a pedagogy which is immersed in the language of critical theory. This article explores the notion that students may achieve the syllabus outcomes related to the critical agenda however it questions whether contemporary youth are making choices that further the critical transformative cause. Key foci are the discourses of youth, the intentional discourses of schooling and the discourses of society, that are legitimated through the accounts of young people for whom emancipation is not a key issue. These discourses have been interpreted within a critical poststructuralist framework, using critical discourse analysis (CDA) to explore the macro and micro elements of the data. The article illuminates the complex negotiations of these youth as they traverse the contradictory terrain of their worlds, and argues for the continued importance of a critical agenda in schools.

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ID Code: 7443
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Critical pedagogy, Youth, Discourse worlds, Critical Discourse Analysis, (Critical) Poststructuralism
DOI: 10.1080/14681360701406691
ISSN: 1747-5104
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 > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Pedagogy, Culture and Society 15(2):pp. 245-262.
Deposited On: 09 May 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:32

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