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Building and using common knowledge for developing school-community links

1.3 Learning, knowledge and agency
Paper in a Symposium (Symp)
10:15 AM, Friday 1 Sep 2017 (15 minutes)
Tackling the question of culture and schooling, the chapter uses the idea of common knowledge as a theoretical tool to identify responsive ways of working on children’s long-term wellbeing and education. The study was in a school in rural Rajasthan, which has been successful in working with community members and parents to reduce school dropout rates. School-community meetings and teachers’ meetings with family members are sites where parents, community members and teachers revealed their motives, values and intentions. The analysis shows that teachers’ engagement with the knowledge and motives of community members and parents helped to create common knowledge, an understanding of what mattered for each participating group, which facilitated alignment of motives between the practices of the school, the community and the families. The analysis offers the idea of the “space of reasons” as a component in building and using the common knowledge that provides the opportunity to remain aware of each other’s commitments. The analysis shows that common knowledge is not simply a dialogic exchange of what matters, but the outcome of the interplay of “conceptual commitment”.
Ambedkar University