Middle School – “a Waiting Room” on the Road to Adulthood

Magdalena Cuprjak

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/PBE.2015.036

Abstract


The article presents results of action research carried out in a middle school located in a small town of central Poland. Classic ethnography included in the action paradigm allowed for creating a new quality in the form of action ethnography.
The analysis of research material collected through actions involving young people were focused on the following questions: Is school a place of personal development for young people? Is it a place for the development of subject knowledge, knowledge about oneself, or a peer interaction area? The results of the analysis lead the following hypotheses: according to students, school is not a place for personal development. It is only a disagreeable chore, which is best described by the metaphor of “the waiting room”. In fact, middle school is a waiting room on the road to real life, which is adulthood.

Keywords


middle school, involved ethnography, action research, the “waiting room” metaphor

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