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ERIC Number: EJ810221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Democracy at Work in and through Experimental Schooling
Boyask, Ruth; McPhail, Jean C.; Kaur, Baljit; O'Connell, Kane
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v29 n1 p19-34 Mar 2008
Through an exploration of two experimental schools, Oruaiti (1950s) and Discovery 1 (2000s), we aim to understand the socio-political contexts that create spaces for experimentation and examine their impact on mainstream schooling. Caught between competing, often contradictory, discourses such experiments struggle between the "regeneration" and "reproduction" functions of schooling. However, we argue that while they have limited impact on mainstream school reform, they contribute ideas of a democratic society and its citizenry. Consequently, they provide "windows" into real-life laboratories in which social debates regarding the function and power of schooling, and specific visions of democracy are played out. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand