McMahon, Brenda, Munns, Geoff, Smyth, John and Zyngier, David (2012) Student Engagement for Equity and Social Justice: Creating Space for Student Voice. Teaching and Learning, 7 (2). pp. 63-78. ISSN 1703-2598

This paper describes three student engagement initiatives that have been successfully implemented in Australia and Canada, where social justice educators are struggling with issues resulting from reforms that marginalize visible minority and low-income students. The projects envision student engagement in critical democratic ways. Using different strategies, they are informed by approaches that: respect students, educators and teaching/learning processes; connect on emotional as well as cognitive levels; and shift away from narrow notions of schooling to broader visions of education for marginalized students. Transferable to other locations, these programmes provide insights into what is possible when student engagement is enacted in equitable, socially just, and transformative environments.

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