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ERIC Number: EJ1017979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1554-5210
Occupy Activists, Moved or Not by Secondary Teachers
Abendroth, Mark
International Journal of Progressive Education, v10 n1 p6-17 Feb 2014
This article explores whether and how activists who identify with the Occupy movement think of their secondary schooling as influential upon their activism. Testimonies of six activists from two small focus groups reveal a range from those who claimed no such influence to those who saw a significant connection. The diversity among the six was limited: five were male; two identified themselves as mixed-race, and the other four as white; three were younger than twenty-seven. Each individual's account of various influences other than education was unique. When the topic turned to secondary education, though, there were intensified expressions from sadness to anger to irony to delight among the participants. As the findings of this study show, formal education has hindrances and possibilities in fostering change agency for social justice. Increasing the possibilities is the work of critical educators.
International Association of Educators. Egitim Fakultesi Dekanligi, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale 17100, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
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