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Critically Engaged Learning: Connecting to Young Lives

Smyth, J., Lawrence, A., Down, B.ORCID: 0000-0003-4843-0563 and McInerney, P. (2008) Critically Engaged Learning: Connecting to Young Lives. Peter Lang, New York.


Synopsis - This book - the finale in a trilogy by the authors - traces the way in which a number of disadvantaged schools and communities were able to move beyond deficit, victim-blaming and pathologizing approaches and access resources of trust, relationships, connectedness and hope. It describes how these Australian schools and communities were able to benefit from working with 'street-level' bureaucrats who had reinvented themselves around notions of socially just forms of capacity-building. The book provides a set of insights into what is possible from a critical engagement for school and community renewal perspective, by working with the resources that exist within disadvantaged contexts, even in damaging neoliberal policy times. Critically Engaged Learning breaks new and important ground across urgent and fractured boundaries.

Item Type: Book
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Peter Lang
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Notes: Adolescent cultures, school & society, 1091-1464 ; v. 42
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