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Old questions for new schools: what are the students doing?

Wallace, J. and Wildy, H. (2004) Old questions for new schools: what are the students doing? Teachers College Record, 106 (4). pp. 635-650.

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This study was conducted in a lighthouse school with a long and successful history of restructuring. In this article we describe our (surprising) impressions of shadowing Jake, one of the highest achieving students in the school. We present a researcher's account of Jake's classroom experience over the first four periods of a single day and an analysis of what happened in terms of the idea of studenting. We employ an actor-oriented view of studenting, comprising four aspects-pacing, attending, conforming, and selecting. We contrast this with a structure-oriented view of studenting and draw parallels with the notions of students-as-participants and students-as-beneficiaries in school reform. Finally, we discuss the problems and possibilities of engaging and involving students in the process of reform.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Teachers College Record
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