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Education as Change

On-line version ISSN 1947-9417
Print version ISSN 1682-3206

Abstract

ROBINS, Steven Lance  and  FLEISCH, Brahm. Working-class high school learners' challenge to change: insights from the Equal Education movement in South Africa. Educ. as change [online]. 2016, vol.20, n.2, pp.145-162. ISSN 1947-9417.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/1947-9417/2016/877.

Hargreaves (2002) suggested that vigorous social movements have the potential to improve the quality of (and increase the equity in) public education. This paper explores the role of Equal Education, an education social movement in South Africa led by university students and secondary school learners, in the process of educational change. Drawing on interviews with the organisation's founding members, organisers and secondary school learners, the paper examines how the organisation/social movement embodies what Oakes and Rogers (2007) describe as 'learning power' and in the process contribute to improvement in public education.

Keywords : Educational change; social movements; learning power.

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