Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Education

Building Place: Students' Negotiation of Spaces and Citizenship in Schools

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Education

Building Place: Students' Negotiation of Spaces and Citizenship in Schools

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This study explored how high school students negotiate school spaces beyond the classroom within a broader context of citizenship education and identity construction. Using visual hermeneutics, researchers worked over three years with students and staff in a large, diverse, urban, public high school. Through student-produced photographs of school space, questionnaires, interviews with staff and students, and observations of students' use of space, researchers found that physical and social construction of space, students' occupation and congregatation in spaces, the visual landscape of a school, and practices of school surveillance all influence the negotiation of identities and citizenship among students.

Key words: identity, physical enrvironment, social environment, visual hermeneutics, school landscape

Cet article relate comment des eleves du secondaire negocient des espaces scolaires en dehors de la classe dans un contexte d'education a la citoyennete et de construction d'identite. A l'aide d'une hermeneutique visuelle, les chercheurs ont travaille sur trois ans avec des eleves et des membres du personnel dans une ecole secondaire urbaine de grande taille accueillant une clientele diversifiee. …

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