'Great conversation' for school improvement in disadvantageous rural contexts: A participatory case study

Zubeda Bana

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Abstract

The core empirical basis of this paper is based upon my recent participatory action research case study, sponsored by my university, conducted in a rural school in one of the most disadvantageous districts of Sindh, Pakistan. The paper argues that the current climate in most of the schools across the country reflects 'apathy' and 'ignorance'. Although substantial initiatives have been taken by the education-sector reforms, all efforts tend to be diluted in improving quality and access to education, particularly in rural areas. One of the obvious reasons for not achieving maximum impact through these reforms is that, mostly, they are driven from external efforts, which themselves are subject to strong criticism. This paper explores how a teacher educator may empower a rural school by engaging key stakeholders in therapeutic enquiry, utilizing 'Great Conversation' as an alternative pedagogy for school improvement and reforms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-237
Number of pages25
JournalEducational Action Research
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Apathy and ignorance
  • Great Conversation
  • Participatory case study
  • Rural context
  • School improvement

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