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ERIC Number: EJ804169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1389-2843
Balancing Power in Communities of Practice: An Examination of Increasing Student Voice through School-Based Youth-Adult Partnerships
Mitra, Dana L.
Journal of Educational Change, v9 n3 p221-242 Sep 2008
This article examines how power imbalances influence the formation of student voice initiatives, which are defined as school-based youth-adult partnerships that consist of youth and adults contributing to decision making processes, learning from one another, and promoting change. Using the concept of "community of practice" as a lens, the paper examines the ways in which power influences the mutual engagement, shared repertoire, and joint enterprise of youth-adult partnerships. Specifically, the study finds that the following strategies can strengthen student voice initiatives: building meaningful roles based upon mutual responsibility and respect among all members; developing shared language and norms, and developing joint enterprises aimed at fostering voices that have previously been silenced from decision making and knowledge-building processes.
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Language: English
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