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ERIC Number: EJ977803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0258-2236
The Journey to School: Space, Geography and Experiences of Rural Children
Morojele, Pholoho; Muthukrishna, Nithi
Perspectives in Education, v30 n1 p90-100 Mar 2012
This paper gives prominence to rural children's accounts of their journey to school. Twelve children (male = 6; female = 6) from three different rural villages in Lesotho participated in the study. Individual and focus group interviews were used to generate data, and these were preceded by three participatory research techniques: family drawings, route mapping and diamond ranking, to engage children in dialogue and discussion. The study provided insights into the implications of family dynamics on children's school journey and the meaning of the school journey to the children. It illuminated how children actively define and re-define the varied places, power-laden spaces and social relations embedded in the journey. The study also highlighted how children's agency is expressed in their negotiation of the school journey, and represented rural children as heterogeneous with the capacity to navigate their localities in complex and autonomous ways. (Contains 3 figures and 1 endnote.)
Perspectives in Education. Faculty of Education, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa. Fax: +27-51-401-7044; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Lesotho