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ERIC Number: EJ1112405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1740-2743
Democratic Possibilities for Student Voice within Schools Undergoing Reform: A Student Counterpublic Case Study
Diera, Claudia
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v14 n2 p217-235 Aug 2016
Public schools failing to meet accountability standards have been shut down, taken over by charter organizations, or undergone reconstitution. This article challenges deficit views of students as passive and complacent in a schooling context dictated by accountability sanctions. Drawing from counterpublic theory, it describes a case study that illustrates the emergence of a student counterpublic at an urban high school under the threat of reconstitution. Interviews with four former students who were at the center of this emergence demonstrate how they and their peers acted within a realm of non-deliberative power and created their own spaces for deliberation and collective action. The results offer an example of how students can be partners in shaping reform through democratic action rather than simply being objects of reform.
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Race to the Top
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A