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ERIC Number: EJ1022191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
What Is My Role? Establishing Teacher and Youth Worker Responsibilities in Social Action Projects
Epstein, Shira Eve
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v19 n5 p492-506 2013
In this research, I analyze the roles of teachers and youth workers from a community-based organization in the context of two high school social action projects. Both the teachers and the youth workers assumed distinct roles while working together during the civic project enactments. The teachers were largely positioned as responsible for structure and accountability, as they prioritized monitoring student behavior toward clear expectations. The youth workers assumed a different responsibility of promoting student voice by encouraging students to be social and pursue questions that were important to them. I identified these roles, explored at the heart of this article, through a study of teachers and youth workers' interview transcripts, observations of their practice, and document analysis. The qualitative data contained numerous examples of their defined roles that enforced narrow scripts for themselves and each other. The teachers and youth workers' role distinctions illustrate a type of roadblock that can hinder them from assuming multifaceted and flexible teaching roles. I draw attention to the division to raise questions of how teachers and youth workers' roles can be expanded and how educators might take up varying responsibilities so to promote youth civic engagement.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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