ERIC Number: EJ1061578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Mapping Cultural Boundaries in Schools and Communities: Redefining Spaces through Organizing
Wood, Gerald K.; Lemley, Christine K.
Democracy & Education, v23 n1 Article 3 2015
For this study, the authors look specifically at cultural maps that the youth created in Student Involvement Day (SID), a program committed to youth empowerment. In these maps, youth identified spaces in their schools and communities that are open and inclusive of their cultures or spaces where their cultures are excluded. Drawing on critical geographies of/in education and Freirian notions of praxis, this paper considers the nature of school spaces through school curriculum and offers ways to render these contested spaces more democratic. Using these cultural maps, students work to individually identify spaces that allow them to engage meaningfully and collectively build key alliances and organize for more equitable and inclusive spaces in their schools and communities.
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Empowerment, Concept Mapping, Cultural Background, Democratic Values, Educational Environment, Community Centers, Social Integration, Inclusion, Youth Agencies, Student Organizations, Community Coordination, Student Projects
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