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ERIC Number: EJ1152396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2470-6353
Engaging Secondary Students in Collaborative Action-Oriented Inquiry: Challenges and Opportunities
Clark, J. Spencer
Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research, v19 n1 Article 8 Sum 2017
In this article, the author describes a collaborative problem-based inquiry project with eighty-three secondary students. The students attended a large high school situated in a medium size town, surrounded by farmland and smaller rural towns. Demographically, nearly half of the students identified as Latina/o, while the slight majority of the students were White. The two groups of students also identified with the two dominant religious communities in the area: Catholic and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The students were all seniors in an advanced American Government course. A primary goal of the project was to have students from the two groups work collaboratively to address community problems to promote student interaction outside of the school. The project facilitators agreed that it was equally important for students to understand the power of working collaboratively with multiple and diverse perspectives, while also understanding their ability as a citizen to address problems in their community. This article describes how challenges that arose for the students during the project also created opportunities for them to learn. Based on his reflection on this inquiry project, the author concludes with priorities for a new project he is currently developing for secondary students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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