Research

The Walking Neighbourhood Researchers

Dr. Phillips has researched The Walking Neighbourhood since its inception from 2010 (Dr Hickey joined the investigation for the 2012 Brisbane pilot), for the capacity of the concept to support children’s active citizenship. Current trends preclude children’s inclusion and participation in public spaces. The Walking Neighbourhood as an arts based project actively challenges children’s exclusion from the public sphere. Study of the project seeks to understand:

  • the social, legal, cultural, and political issues concerning children’s rights, responsibilities and identities when engaging with the public sphere
  • children’s perceptions and interests in public spaces
  • how children negotiate urban public spaces with adults and
  • the possibilities of child-led neighbourhood walks for intergenerational civic engagement and learning.

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Louise and Andrew have published the following articles:

Hickey, A., & Phillips, L. (2013). New Kids on the Block: young people, the city and public pedagogies. Global Studies of Childhood, 3(2), 115-128. - Download New Kids On The Block Article Here

Phillips, L. (2013). On the street: Primary children’s personal literacies. Practically Primary, 18(2), 24-26. Provided with the permission of Australian Literacy Educators’ Association - Download On the Street Article Here

Phillips, L. G., & Willis, L.-D. (2014). Walking and talking with living texts: Breathing life against static standardisation. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 13(1), 76-94. - Download Walking And Talking Article Here

Phillips, L. G., & Hickey, A. (2013) Child-led tours of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley as public pedagogy. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning8(3), 242-253. - Download Child-Led Tours Article Here

Louise and Andrew have undertaken various public presentations including:

Phillips, L. (2014, 30 Nov-4 Dec). Walking in anarchic, indeterminate arts and research spaces. In Putting post-qualitative education research to work in the arts at The joint Australian Association for Research in Education and New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Phillips, L. (2014, 30 Nov – 4 Dec). Children-led walks of Old Chiang Mai: Sensation, imagination, knowing and place. In Walking as relational and sensory methodology at The joint Australian Association for Research in Education and New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Hickey, A. (2014, 30 Nov – 4 Dec). The Constraints of Youth: Walking, new ethnographies and new conceptualisations of young people. In Walking as relational and sensory methodology at The joint Australian Association for Research in Education and New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Phillips, L. (2014, 29 June-2 July). Walking neighbourhoods hosted by children. In Critical geographies of education, at Institute of Australian Geographers, Melbourne, Australia.

Phillips, L. (2014, 3-7 April). Walking neighbourhoods hosted by children. In Walking as Sensory Methodology symposia at AERA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.

Phillips, L. (2013, 22 February). Where are the children? Paper presented at the 6th Biennial Provoking Curriculum Studies Conference: As Strong Poets, Ottawa, Canada.

Phillips, L. (2012, 2-6 December). Public tours of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley by children. Paper presented at AARE-APERA 2012 Sydney, Australia.

Links - walkinglab.org - Canadian, US and Australian research collaboration to advance the theory and practice of walking methodologies, exploring and developing innovative interdisciplinary practices.

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