Balancing power in communities of practice: An examination of increasing student voice through school-based youth-adult partnerships

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Abstract

This article examines how power imbalances influence the formation of student voice initiatives, which are defined as school-based youth-adult partnerships that consist of youth and adults contributing to decision making processes, learning from one another, and promoting change. Using the concept of community of practice as a lens, the paper examines the ways in which power influences the mutual engagement, shared repertoire, and joint enterprise of youth-adult partnerships. Specifically, the study finds that the following strategies can strengthen student voice initiatives: building meaningful roles based upon mutual responsibility and respect among all members; developing shared language and norms, and developing joint enterprises aimed at fostering voices that have previously been silenced from decision making and knowledge-building processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-242
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Educational Change
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

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  • Education

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