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

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Discipline 1 Community health
Discipline 2
Publication Title Balancing power in communities of practice: An examination of increasing student voice through school-based youth–adult partnerships
Description 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.
Publication Year 2008
Publication Author Dana Mitra
Publication Type Journal Article
Publisher Journal of Educational Change
Major Funders Walter S. Johnson Foundation
Publication Link https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10833-007-9061-7