Child-led tours of Brisbane's Fortitude Valley as public pedagogy

Phillips, Louise Gwenneth and Hickey, Andrew (2013) Child-led tours of Brisbane's Fortitude Valley as public pedagogy. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 8 (3). pp. 242-254. ISSN 1833-4105


Contemporary social policy and practices pertaining to children have seen a trend towards increasing surveillance under the premise of child protection. Growing from the awareness of this social trend and the limitations imposed on children’s demonstration of active citizenship in public spaces, the arts project Walking Neighbourhood: Hosted by children was developed by artists from the community cultural development organisation Contact Inc. The project operated in the urban public space of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley (a place known for being child-unfriendly) in order to problematise and expose issues pertaining to child safety and active citizenship by engaging with children as collaborators and facilitators in the production of live art. Amongst the outcomes of the Walking Neighbourhood were child-provoked urban geographies and demonstrations of active citizenship mediated by walking as an arts experience. Drawing from the findings of a research project that accompanied the Walking Neighbourhood this paper will explore the nature of the child-led tours as public pedagogy, and the dynamics of inter-generational interaction between adults and children as sites of civic learning.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2014 02:45
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2015 03:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: public pedagogy, children’s citizenship, walking as a method
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950205 Visual Communication
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.5172/ijpl.2013.8.3.242

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