Highlighting Place and Space in Educational Youth Research

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While the concepts of place and space have entered the research imagination of various disciplines, one field which has not yet fully acknowledged the significance of these concepts is educational research and practice. This paper reviews the current literature in education which draws on place and space. It argues for the incorporation of place and space in education’s theoretical and analytical frames with particular emphasis on research which seeks to understand youth identity and cultural practice. It then turns to the practical application of these concepts in empirical research by describing two doctoral research studies in the area of youth studies and education within which geography is a central component. The projects include a study exploring youth citizenship identities carried out across two regions of Ukraine, and a project which examines young people’s use of visual material culture in two geographic locations including New York City and Yukon Territory. We conclude by addressing the question of how space and place can be taken into account in pedagogical practice.


Keywords: Youth Culture and Identities, Place-Based Education, Educational Research, Human Geography
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Kristen Ali Eglinton

PhD candidate, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK

Kristen Ali Eglinton is completing her PhD at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Her research uses participatory visual ethnography to understand ways in which youth use visual material culture in their everyday lives and the role of place and space in this process.

Antonina Tereshchenko

PhD candidate, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK

Antonina Tereshchenko is currently completing her PhD at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge working on issues of youth citizenship identities as they relate to educational programs and space and place.

Ref: I08P0279