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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17158

Title: Student Leadership for Social Justice in Secondary Schools: A Canadian Perspective
Authors: Cooper, Amanda-Mae
Advisor: Portelli, John P.
Department: Theory and Policy Studies in Education
Keywords: Student Leadership
Social Justice
Diversity
Conflict
Controversial Issues
Secondary schools
Issue Date: 24-Feb-2009
Abstract: This qualitative study investigates how the views of student leaders (and some of their staff advisors) illuminate the discussion in the broader literature around issues of student leadership, conflict, diversity and social justice in secondary schools. Eighteen one-hour, semi-structured interviews were conducted with twelve student leaders and six teachers from six provinces across Canada. This study contributes to educational research by considering the ways student leaders (rather than adult administrators) can impact social justice. While students envision their leadership role in terms of social justice with the goals of inclusion and societal change in mind, the present schooling structure, established expectations and strategies chosen for initiatives often hinder the realization of such a role. Schools also seem to avoid local controversial issues by encouraging student leaders to focus on international concerns. This study explores opportunities for schools to address equity issues through reconceptualizing student leadership and its goals.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17158
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