WORKING-CLASS HIGH SCHOOL LEARNERS’ CHALLENGE TO CHANGE: INSIGHTS FROM THE EQUAL EDUCATION MOVEMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

  • Steven Lance Robins Professor University of Stellenbosch, Sociology & Social AnthropologyStellenbosch University Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 7602, ZA 021 8082090
  • Brahm Fleisch Prof. Wits School of Education Johannesburg, ZA
Keywords: Educational change, social movements, learning power

Abstract

Hargreaves (2002) suggested that vigorous social movements have the potential to improve the quality of (and increase the equity in) public education. This paper explores the role of Equal Education, an education social movement in South Africa led by university students and secondary school learners, in the process of educational change. Drawing on interviews with the organisation’s founding members, organisers and secondary school learners, the paper examines how the organisation/social movement embodies what Oakes and Rogers (2007) describe as ‘learning power’ and in the process contribute to improvement in public education.

Published
2016-08-12
Section
Articles