Mills, K. A. (2011, 11th April). Inciting the social imagination to realizing the dream: An unfolding story of transformative action in a low- socioeconomic school. Paper presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
The conference theme – “Inciting the social imagination: Education for the Public Good” – was realised through design-based research that became a catalyst for social change among a disadvantaged school community. The aim of the longitudinal research was to protoype an evidence-based model for whole school digital and print literacy pedagogy renewal among students from low socioeconomic, Indigenous, and migrant backgrounds. Applying Anthony Gidden’s principle of the “duality of structure”, the paper presentation interprets how the collective agency of researchers and the school community began to transform the structural properties of the institution in a two-way dynamism, so that the structural properties of the school were not outside of individual action, but were implicated in its reproduction and transformation.
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