Moving with the times: pedagogies for mobile students

Henderson, Robyn ORCID: and Danaher, Patrick A. ORCID: (2012) Moving with the times: pedagogies for mobile students. In: Routledge international handbook of teacher and school development. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, OX. United Kingdom, pp. 360-371. ISBN 978-0-415-66970-2


This chapter investigates how schools might develop innovative pedagogical approaches for working with mobile or transient students who are often marginalized and disenfranchised within school systems. Formal education as offered by schools has been predicated on residentially-stable populations, with most schools drawing their students from nearby areas. Traditionally, it has not been unusual for students from occupationally mobile families – such as fairground and circus families and itinerant farm workers – to experience marginalization and failure in school contexts. In today's world, however, mobility has become a widespread and varied sociocultural phenomenon, with some families choosing to be mobile (e.g. those with professional aspirations) and others being forced to relocate because of social, economic, or political necessity. It is time, therefore, to reconceptualize pedagogical approaches so that schooling affords opportunities for all students to be successful, regardless of their residential status – mobile, sedentary, or a combination of both. Drawing on research into a range of mobile communities, this chapter considers innovative pedagogies that have been used to provide better educational opportunities for mobile students. It also theorizes other possibilities for new and productive pedagogical approaches that take residential diversity into consideration.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2013 04:28
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2018 03:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobility; innovative pedagogies; travellers; education
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
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