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I want to be heard! Classroom echoes of resistance

Robinson, J.ORCID: 0000-0003-0958-4973 (2008) I want to be heard! Classroom echoes of resistance. In: 9th Humanities Graduate Research Conference, 5 - 8 November, Perth, Western Australia



Vignette – “a painting, drawing or photograph that has no border but is gradually faded into its background at the edges.” (Encarta Dictionary)

In this paper I use youth vignettes to provide a forum for marginalised voices capturing their cultural identity and experiences in the context of their schooling and family lives. These pictures are exposed to contrast against the rhetoric surrounding The Behaviour Management in Schools Policy (2001) which “requires schools to develop a learning environment that is welcoming, supportive and safe” (3). The ‘environment’ these students reveal is one in which they are expected to ‘perform’, not as the creative, expressive, engaging actor in drama, often embraced and encouraged, but as the docile, compliant unit. Student resistance to dominant discourses is thus “provoked, driven underground, where it becomes a subterranean source of acting out” (Shor 1992, p. 24). It is the intention of this paper that these vignettes have no borders; the student voices instead reveal the often hidden interpretations, understandings and responses and gradually fade into the background of the policy to ‘speak its truth’ from the edges of its own policy deafness.

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