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IDS Bulletin Vol. 40 Nos. 1

Transformative Education and its Potential for Changing the Lives of Children in Disempowering Contexts

Published on 1 January 2009

For millions of children around the world, disempowerment is not just a part of life – it becomes their life, to the point where any alternative way of living may be unimaginable to them. Intergenerational transmission (IGT) of inequality is deeply embedded, even where education is available; this leads us to question whether many forms of education, experienced by children who are already disempowered, may further entrench that condition by reproducing the norms, values and drivers within society that have brought about this disempowerment in the first place.

In this article we explore the extent to which access to good-quality, transformative education has a key role to play in overcoming IGT of marginalised children and their communities, with positive outcomes not only for the individuals themselves but also for wider social processes.

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Bivens, F., Moriarty, K. and Taylor, P. (2009) Transformative Education and its Potential for Changing the Lives of Children in Disempowering Contexts. IDS Bulletin 40(1): 97-108

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Authors

Felix Bivens
Kathleen Moriarty
Peter Taylor

Publication details

journal
IDS Bulletin, volume 40, issue 1
doi
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1759-5436.2009.00014.x
language
English

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