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ERIC Number: ED542460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1324-9320
"I Just Have These Ideas": Being and Becoming at a Performing Arts School
Loch, Sarah
Australian Association for Research in Education (NJ1), Paper presented at the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference (AARE-APERA 2012) World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting (Sydney, New South Wales, Dec 2-6, 2012)
This paper explores ways that a small group of young adolescents talk about their futures within the context of their schooling at a performing arts secondary school. The data gathered for this project stem from pictures participants drew when asked to "draw themselves in the future" and was enhanced by interviews in which participants spoke about issues they found of interest when thinking about their futures and schooling. My research interests relate to ways narratives of the self are constructed within and outside schooling and the role that the middle schooling period can play in enhancing the exploration of futures. The research methods underpinning this paper explore student voice, a familiar theme in middle years education. I also consider the research interview as a generative space to encourage reflection by participants, as well as the researcher. Such methods draw from feminist, poststructural methodologies and explore the poststructural notion of "becoming a person" through discourse, narratives and storylines. Inverting some of the messy, partially stitched and "un"finished projects of the self, and looking at ways these samplers come together, offers a view into the process of becoming for young adolescents at a performing arts school. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Grade 8; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)