Knowing Our Place: Children Talking About Power, Identity by Judith Gill

By Judith Gill

Figuring out Our position examines the way young ones view their global. It poses questions of citizenship and the way teenagers come to a feeling of belonging of their group of kingdom, kinfolk, lecture room, and faculty. The publication describes and analyzes the responses of greater than four hundred teenagers to a sequence of open-ended questions. whereas the basic goal of the publication is to spot and describe facets of kid's considering as they grapple with their constructing feel of being on the planet, there are glaring implications for the undertaking of citizenship schooling.

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Does that have anything to do with – if anyone works for the government that’s where they get the money from. […] I: Do we all pay the same amount of tax? All: No. I: Why is that? Bruce (12): Because some people have different incomes. 24╅╇ Knowing Our Place I: So if you earn a lot of money? Bruce (12): You probably pay a bit more tax. I: Is that fair? Bruce (12): Yes. Darren (11): Oh, but some people ... Bruce (12): Because if you get sick. Say you earn a lot of money and then you quit and then you don’t have to pay any tax, I reckon that’s cool.

Caroline (11): So they had to make sure that it wasn’t, like, unsuitable so they wanted to watch this movie – we had to send it to the Education Department first and get the okay sign from them so we could watch it. And when asked about the manner in which the Education Department has power, some of the children invoke government structures – the minister – so that once again the power becomes embodied. 40╅╇ Knowing Our Place I: Sam (12): I: Sam (12): Who gives the Education Department power?

I: Okay. So are you saying it’s more comfortable in the classroom where the teacher’s the leader? Mandy (10): Yeah. Age and, in the case of teachers, the age of the children taught, as well as access to resources, are also mentioned by the 9–10-year-olds as signifiers of power in the school. Possibly as a result of experiencing bullying, this age group also acknowledges the advantage of size, when it comes to power: John (10): Size is also important because a little kid wouldn’t want to challenge a bigger kid.

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