Date of Award

2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Ed.

Department

Education

First Advisor

Greig, Christopher J. (Faculty of Education)

Keywords

Education Policy.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Youth are traditionally excluded from meaningful participation as decision-makers in educational reform. Over the popular social networking website Facebook, youth demonstrate sustained awareness, engagement and civic action on educational issues despite their formal exclusion. By positioning Alberta's Bill 44 as a case study, this research categorizes youth understandings of a piece of educational reform. It further draws attention to youth understandings of their own political efficacy in educational reform. Informed by critical theory, this study complexifies the exclusion of youth from positions of power in formal educational reform.

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