Regimes of risk: the need for a pedagogy for peer groups

Hickey, Christopher and Fitzclarence, Lindsay 2004, Regimes of risk: the need for a pedagogy for peer groups, Asia-Pacific journal of teacher education, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 49-63.

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Title Regimes of risk: the need for a pedagogy for peer groups
Author(s) Hickey, Christopher
Fitzclarence, Lindsay
Journal name Asia-Pacific journal of teacher education
Volume number 32
Issue number 1
Start page 49
End page 63
Publisher Carfax
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2004-03
ISSN 1359-866X
1469-2945
Summary Peer groups matter more than we think. In this paper we assert that peer group commitments and affiliations are often the primary social reference in determining the way young people think about and practice risk. It is, we argue, inappropriate to impose adult constructions of risk-taking and anti-social behaviour when trying to assert influence over the decisions and practices young people make in the context of their peers. Prominent in our discussion is a concern that mainstream educational theory and practice focuses disproportionately on the individual and their capacity to make rational and independent choices. We believe that within this individualizing framework, teachers have only a very limited capacity to influence the practices and decisions young people make in the presence of their peers, their friends. To ground this discussion we juxtapose the actions and interactions of two young male peer groups, to highlight their respective constructions of group identity.
Notes Online Publication Date: 01 March 2004
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002334

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Scientific and Developmental Studies in Education
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