Title: In Search for a Space to Change: Learning from Children’s Imagined and Actual Mobilities
Stream: Primary & Secondary Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Nkosikhona Nkosi, Rhodes University, South Africa
Children's mobilities help bridge the gap between adult assumptions about being a child and the day-to-day lived experiences of children. This paper is a socio-spatial analysis of actual and imagined journeys of primary school children's mobilities and how they can inform educational innovation. The study combined mobile ethnography, space time-diaries and semi-structured interviews of three grade 6 children from three primary schools in Makhanda, South Africa. This research focuses on the discrete locations of everyday life with importance given to the events, settings and locations outside the classroom with little to no surveillance. The study generated rich data set that contrasted children imagined and actual journeys that are fundamentally social and in flux. The findings show that children desire thirdspaces that position children as sympathetic agents of change.
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