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ERIC Number: EJ828186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Voice, Discourse and Transformation: Enabling Learning for the Achieving of Social Change
McArdle, Karen; Mansfield, Sue
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v28 n4 p485-498 Dec 2007
This paper proposes that transformative social change by community educators is not achievable unless they can challenge the social, economic and political discourses that have an impact on the practice of community education. As educators of community workers, the authors regard the development of voice to be a prerequisite for the challenging of discourse. Voice provides the foundations for understanding what it means to be who one is and how change is needed and possible. Voice, we argue, is inseparable from criticality and we draw on Brookfield's (2000) four traditions of criticality, in particular pragmatic constructivism, to link our understandings of voice. It is important, we conclude, to allow students to develop distinctive voices so that they become critically reflexive professionals who can work towards transformative social change. Shared and contrasting views on the development of voice are presented in a dialogical format to reflect the sometimes shared and sometimes contrasting voices of the two authors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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