ERIC Number: EJ1086107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
A Critical Geographic Approach to Youth Civic Engagement: Reframing Educational Opportunity Zones and the Use of Public Spaces
Burke, Kevin J.; Greene, Stuart; McKenna, Maria K.
Urban Education, v51 n2 p143-169 Feb 2016
The article draws on work in Critical Geography Studies and Photovoice methodology, to illustrate the ways in which youth in an inner city conceptualize neighborhoods and public spaces. We utilize youth's photographs, narratives, and maps to tell a story of youth's lived experiences and argue that these experiences are vital sources of knowledge about how an unequal distribution of resources affects them. It is important, we argue, to not only hear student voices but also prepare them to become critical, independent thinkers, who can use multiple literacies as affordances for creating changes that help nourish them. This means fundamentally rethinking how as educators we listen to and walk with youth as they reframe the ways in which we might use public parks, neighborhood schools, community centers, and sidewalks as pedagogical and political spaces.
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Urban Environment, Physical Environment, Photography, Social Action, Personal Narratives, Neighborhoods, Resource Allocation, Critical Thinking, Multiple Literacies, Affordances, Civics, Citizen Participation, Student Empowerment, Urban Studies, Inclusion, School Community Programs, Advocacy, Race, Parks, Educational Opportunities, Community Centers, Middle School Students, High School Students, Interviews, Focus Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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