The role of critical imagination in research with young people

Bland, Derek C. (2004) The role of critical imagination in research with young people. In AARE 2004 Conference, 28th November - 2nd December, Melbourne, Australia.

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The postmodern world of difference and uncertainty invites people to dream and to "imagine the unimaginable" O’Farrell, 1999, p. 15) to maximise choices and freedoms, particularly within the otherwise constraining systems of education. Various forms of imagination can be applied to ways of working with disadvantaged high school students as researchers, helping them to reconnect their lifeworlds with the education systems to which they are subject. The SARUA (Student Action Research for University Access) project is presented here as an example of such activity in which a disciplined and critical imagination can help to empower young people. Critical theory provides a framework for empowering research with young people, such as in the SARUA project, and it too can be strengthened through the "art of imagining" (Grundy, 1996) to increase its relevance to students living in postmodern times

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ID Code: 966
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: HERN
ISSN: 1324-9339
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 07 Apr 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:55

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