Singing into Language: Sudanese Australian young women create public pedagogy

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Harris, Anne (2011) Singing into Language: Sudanese Australian young women create public pedagogy. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 32 (5). pp. 729-743. ISSN 0159-6306 (print) 1469-3739 (online)


This article examines the ethnocinematic research project Cross-Marked: Sudanese Australian Young Women Talk Education, and its relationship to the evolving notion of public pedagogies. The project explores the potential of alternative pedagogies, which include popular culture, especially audiovisual forms, to engage teachers and learners with one another in collaborative pedagogical methods. The author’s collaborative work with students from refugee backgrounds involves what Giroux calls a ‘spectrum of social practices’ utilising a variety of media platforms. This article draws from the lived experiences of one particular co-participant, Achol Baroch, and her 15 Sudanese Australian coparticipants. Their experiences of secondary education are traced through this arts-based participatory project using the emerging practice of ethnocinema, a type of ethnographic documentary film which is generative, interculturally collaborative and aligned with the transformative goals of critical pedagogy.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/01596306.2011.620755
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media
Keywords ResPubID23749, public pedagogy, ethnocinema, Sudanese diaspora, women, education
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