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ERIC Number: EJ966422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Cultivating Student Agency and Teachers as Learners in One Lebanese School
Bahou, Lena
Educational Action Research, v20 n2 p233-250 2012
Questions about the nature and extent of students' active involvement and influence within schools and the wider community prompted this author to investigate ways in which student voice, as one important manifestation of active participation, was translated into action through a "students as researchers" activity. A three-phase intervention study was developed to explore the processes that established and optimised the conditions for Grade 7/8 students in one Lebanese school to acquire and apply research skills as instruments for activating student voice for agency. The collaboration between the researcher and director of the school, and the essential support of teachers, enabled students to expand their active participation in school, casting teachers as co-learners, which resulted in facilitating student-teacher "border crossings". The author introduces important modifications to Hart's "ladder of participation" and applies Starhawk's typology of power to describe the changes among students and teachers. Implications for future research are considered. (Contains 3 figures, 1 table, and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Lebanon