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ERIC Number: EJ1108619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1554-480X
Liana's Learning in a Democratized Classroom
Malsbary, Christine Brigid; Espinoza, Samantha; Bales, Lisa
Pedagogies: An International Journal, v11 n3 p249-269 2016
In usual understandings of learning, youths' development in classrooms is portrayed as a move from being a novice to an expert. However, findings of the present anthropologically framed study support us to argue that learning, rather, can be characterized as youths' simultaneous occupation of novice and expert roles. We refer to this simultaneous occupation as "mutual reliance." We make this assertion within the context of a multilingual, transnational classroom, where the presence of heightened diversity led teachers to put in place a structure ("autonomous learning groups") that supported youth to rely on one another to learn. In a video-based case study that tracks one group of students over 33 hours and engages micro-ethnographic analysis of a student named Liana, we found that autonomous learning groups created a democratization of the learning space--everyone contributed from his or her knowledge base because no single person, including the teachers, could ever be an expert.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Grade 10
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
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