Life in School Is Occupational



At the beginning of this book, I mentioned my aim: to share a better understanding of life in school, as experienced by the young people who live it. It is my hope that you can perhaps now see a little more clearly how life in school works, as expressed via the various occupations lived by young people in school — from academic classroom to outdoor education. My interpretations of the accounts of school camp and school — as shared with me by Alison, Amanda, Brendan, Bill, David, Elizabeth, Gwen, Julie and Sam — highlighted two broad occupations — being-a-school-camper (mainly as being-anexpo-group-member) and being-a-middle-school-student (mainly as being-an-academic-student), as well as many others that are more specific. Such interpretations were enabled by a particular rendering of the works of Dewey and Heidegger (see Quay, 2013; Quay & Seaman, 2013), revealing life in school as constituted by ways of being or occupations, which are at the same time ways of doing and ways of knowing.


Young People Knowledge Acquisition Active Occupation Aesthetic Experience Unit Planning 
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© John Quay 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationUniversity of MelbourneAustralia

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