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Appreciative inquiry with youth to create meaningful community projects

Morsillo, Julie Elizabeth and Fisher, Adrian T (2007) Appreciative inquiry with youth to create meaningful community projects. Australian Community Psychologist, 19 (1). pp. 47-61. ISSN 1320-7741

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Abstract

Working in partnership with a community agency in a socially disadvantaged area of Melbourne, this research used an appreciative inquiry approach incorporating action research principles. Year 10 school students designed and successfully undertook community-building projects as part of a school subject, but with student control. Participants had previously reported a sense of alienation from their neighbourhoods and were in danger of disengaging from school. However, through the process of appreciating their identity and successfully creating community projects, the participants reported feelings of positive identity affirmation and being able to make a difference in their communities. Participants began a social transformation process of developing new positive narratives for an improved sense of community connectedness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID13282, community agencies, socially disadvantaged areas – Melbourne (VIC), action research principles, projects by Year 10 school students, alienation from neighbourhoods, identity, community projects, positive identity affirmation, community connectedness
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
SEO Classification > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2011 05:15
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2011 05:15
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3360
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