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Forms and Understandings of Engagement in a Co-operative School Setting: The Process of Becoming Relational

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Deborah RallsORCiD


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This paper shows where forms and understandings of engagement offer potential for more democratic, collaborative relationships in schools through processes of democratic governance and collective endeavour and surfaces the challenges faced when tensions between different policy, school and stakeholder understandings of “democratic engagement” emerge. The research findings suggest that a different approach to school as place is required if ‘thicker’ forms and understandings of democratic engagement are to emerge. The paper shows how feelings of belonging - and of who is viewed as an insider or outsider - impact on the forms and understandings of engagement that develop and the purposes of these activities and relationships.This study points to the need to view school as a place in and through which social relations occur (Massey, 1994), by foregrounding the social interactions, or processes, which school ties together.

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Author(s): Ralls D

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: European Conference on Educational Research 2016

Year of Conference: 2016

Acceptance date: 29/03/2016