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Classrooms without borders: Socially democratic and creative spaces

Robinson, J. and Ferrara, H. (2009) Classrooms without borders: Socially democratic and creative spaces. In: Tenth Humanities Postgraduate Conference: Creative Margins, 5 - 6 November 2009, Curtin University, Western Australia


Using a dialogic approach, this presentation has at its core the purpose to engage with the creative spaces that classrooms can be: open, democratic, puzzling, curious and inviting to all. This is in contrast to what is presently the situation for many sixteen year olds in 21st century public schooling where voices are often silenced. The spaces for such voices are often restricted not because they are deviant, corrupt or defiant, but because they do not conform to codes of conduct based on uniformity and compliance. When a classroom can be ‘dialogic' it opens up spaces for people to bind together and feel a sense of belonging. There is no need to compete for confirmation of the 'self' if there is enough room for acceptance.

But what does it actually feel like to be in such an open space? The audience of this collaborative presentation will be invited to participate in a role play of both types of classroom.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
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