Fractured identities: exploring engagement and disengagement in the process of lifelong learning

Macfarlane, Kym and Noble, Karen (2006) Fractured identities: exploring engagement and disengagement in the process of lifelong learning. International Journal of Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood, 4 (1). pp. 63-76. ISSN 1448-6318

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The authors challenge the accepted wisdom that children’s academic success is enhanced when their parents engage with their schooling. Their research in Australia shows that such positive relationships assume and rely on children performing the role of ‘proper’ learners, while their parents engage in ‘proper’ ways with schools that are increasingly corporate and managerialist. The institution’s reaction to any ‘impropriety’ by the child-as-learner is likely to lead to the child disengaging from school, irrespective of their parents’ engagement with it; and
as schools emphasize the centrality of ‘lifelong learning’ (in academic terms) to a child’s later success, for a disengaged child, ‘lifelong learning’ becomes lifelong

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Article copyrights held by authors. All else © 2006. Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 07 May 2010 03:51
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2012 03:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning; school environment; child-as-learner; lifelong learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development

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