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ERIC Number: ED524609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Is the School Fence the Biggest Border for Educators to Cross?
Lewis, Felicity-ann
Australian Teacher Education Association, Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) (Albury, Jun 28-Jul 1, 2009)
This article is derived from a larger study of the Family Learning Network (FLN) which evaluated the effectiveness of school and community agency partnerships in enhancing student engagement. In particular it describes how photo elicitation methodology was used with 8 year old primary school children in three schools to discuss their views of the schooling experience. Focus groups of students were asked to respond to photographs of their schools and the local community, and discuss what these represented with respect to the learning environment and connections with school. The importance of feeling safe and the need to have safe physical spaces both at school and in the local community emerged as a central theme articulated by the students. Developing safe and supportive school communities which support student learning remains a challenge in complex school sites but one that is highly valued by students. After listening to students, the need for more community service partnerships which deliver programs in schools that address the needs identified by them and their families while preserving their safety is recommended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA)
Identifiers - Location: Australia