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This presentation explores investigating whether lasting school reform can occur without the voice of the consequential stakeholders, the students. At Condell Park High School, a high school in a low socioeconomic area in south-west Sydney, Australia, a representative group of Year 9 students have expressed their disaffection with school through authorised deficit discourses, authorised resistance and authorised surveillance.
When Dec 09, 2011
from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Where 303 Rackley Building
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Contact Phone 814-574-7877
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"Authorised Resistance in 'Our Gee'd Up School': Students' Voices in School Reform"

Presented by Eve Mayes

This presentation explores investigating whether lasting school reform can occur without the voice of the consequential stakeholders, the students. At Condell Park High School, a high school in a low socioeconomic area in south-west Sydney, Australia, a representative group of Year 9 students have expressed their disaffection with school through authorised deficit discourses, authorised resistance and authorised surveillance. They have reflected on their own perceptions, researched the views of their peers, analysed data, conducted lesson observations of exemplary teachers across a range of schools and presented their research findings to teachers.

Eve Mayes is an Australian educator who has been engaged in practitioner research. Eve has been an English and English as a Second Language teacher for the last six years and has mentored teachers for the last two years as Quality Teaching Head Teacher. She has collaborated with Honorary Professor Susan Groundwater-Smith since 2009 in practitioner inquiry, conferences and articles. Eve was also a co-researcher in the University of Western Sydney's 'Teachers for a fair go' ethnographic case studies of engagement of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds in 2008 to 2009.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the D.J. Willower Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics and the Rock Ethics Institute.