Schools without walls: creative endeavor and disengaged young people

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Harris, Anne and Staley, Jon (2011) Schools without walls: creative endeavor and disengaged young people. Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, 5 (1). pp. 60-75. ISSN 1832-0465


The authors draw on their experiences as educators, creative artists and arts education facilitators to examine intercultural collaboration with young people from marginalised communities, individuals often labelled as 'at risk' or vulnerable youth. In this article, we reject these terms as limiting and externally-defined; we challenge notions of marginalised young people as non-compliant, and prefer instead the use of 'engaged' and 'disengaged' to describe the practices (and not the identities) of young people who at times (productively) opt out of mainstream opportunities and projects. This article examines the ways in which neoliberal devaluing of arts education parallels the devaluing and marginalising practices of those young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and communities, and highlights the urgency of increasing the social capital of practitioners, participants and methodologies in arts education.

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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
Keywords ResPubID23748, creative endeavor, young people, intercultural collaboration, 'at risk', vulnerable youth, methodologies, arts education, community arts
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