Figured worlds of citizenship: examining differences made in “making a difference” in an elementary school classroom

Mayes, Eve, Mitra, Dana L. and Serriere, Stephanie C. 2016, Figured worlds of citizenship: examining differences made in “making a difference” in an elementary school classroom, American educational research journal, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 605-638, doi: 10.3102/0002831216648378.

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Title Figured worlds of citizenship: examining differences made in “making a difference” in an elementary school classroom
Author(s) Mayes, EveORCID iD for Mayes, Eve
Mitra, Dana L.
Serriere, Stephanie C.
Journal name American educational research journal
Volume number 53
Issue number 3
Start page 605
End page 638
Total pages 34
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2016-06
ISSN 0002-8312
Keyword(s) civic education
civic engagement
figured worlds
consumer citizen
productive citi
Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
productive citizen
Summary This article explores how two elementary school students responded to their teacher’s invitation in a civic classroom to make a difference to the world. We consider how the teacher framed the construct of civic efficacy and how the students refracted these ideas in their navigation of a civic education project. Closely analyzing these students’ experiences and responses, we question what differences are made when students are encouraged to think of themselves as citizens who can make a difference. Noting dissonances and ambivalences in the students’ responses, the conceptual resources of “figured worlds” enable an analysis of the interplay of discourses, interactions, sensory experiences, and material artifacts as civic identities are constituted. The two students’ differing responses are analyzed in relation to other figured worlds that students and teachers daily negotiate: of compliant citizenship, productive citizenship, and consumer citizenship. The overlaps, dissonances, and/or divergences in discourses and artifacts from various figured worlds of citizenship render some students more recognizable as civically “engaged” and “efficacious” than others.
Language eng
DOI 10.3102/0002831216648378
Field of Research 130105 Primary Education (excl Maori)
130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
160202 Correctional Theory, offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
13 Education
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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