A quasi-ethnographical exploration of how young learners establish their learning practices in their environmental space: The township community and their homes
Keywords:Quasi-ethnography, Learning practices, Spatial positioning, Human agency, Educational practices, Township space
This paper explores how two selected learners establish their learning practices in their environmental space, that is, their township community and home space. The study combines the lenses of “Space” and “Learning” to capture their movement in and around the township showing how they inhabit space, how they interact with networks and processes in their environment, and how they ultimately transcend their spatial positioning. Methodologically, this quasi-ethnographic study, underpinned by an interpretivist metatheoretical framework, draws on my field notes, verbatim responses acquired through interviews with these children and their parents, observations of their neighbourhood and their homes, photographs and artefacts. These qualitative research tools helped to address the main research question: What is the nature of the learning practices of learners in the environmental space; that is: the space of the township community and home? The results show that these learners and their parents produce multiple and hybrid literacies and engage in rich educational practices despite the lived realities of the township space. Furthermore, it shows that learners develop a productive agency to counterpoise their spatial positioning enabling them to become co-constructors of their lived space.
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