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Authors:Katherine Headrick Taylor: Dept. of Teaching and Learning, Vanderbilt University, USA
Publication title:“Can I Get a Little Space; Please?”: A Cross-Generation Comparison of Leisure Time and Mobility Patterns of Adolescents
Conference:Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden
Publication type: Abstract
Issue:038
Article No.:021
Abstract:Comparing mobility patterns of adolescents across generations requires methods that incorporate the historicity of human activity. This study examines how adolescent use of space; in terms of leisure time and mobility patterns; has changed across generations in relation to diverse geographic and socioeconomic histories. The data collected from Nashville families includes interviews; parent oral histories; free recall maps; and teen mobility tracks gathered using a wearable Global Positioning System (GPS) device. This paper describes how changes in artifacts; and different levels of community embeddedness have shaped the ways in which today’s adolescents experience and create spaces outside of school; in comparison to their parents’ generation. I analyze how daily activity schedules reflect a division of labor in families between parents and their adolescent children; the variety and place-based structure of community learning opportunities in which adolescents participate during their leisure time (with and without parental oversight); the mutually accountable practices through which teens produce and regulate these spaces; and recurring use of cultural materials and artifacts for producing and engaging with these spaces. Observing geography; class; gender; and age constantly working in confluence in the construction of space through time; this paper further challenges the idea that children from urban working-class families experience “deficits” while participating in and making practices outside of school. While extant models of activity systems (e.g.; Engestrom et al.; 1999) provide considerable guidance in making sense of adolescents space-time mobility and use of community spaces in leisure time activities; there are dynamic; imaginative components of these spatial practices (de Certeau; 1984) that are not well captured by concepts of rules or divisions of labor within the already-existing community. Finally; this paper reports on a comparison of adolescent and parent/guardian (as recalled; in a map construction task) space-time mobility; where both are treated as a linked collection of activity systems. If culturally relevant pedagogy is important for educating students and challenging institutional inequities in the future (Ladson-Billings; 1995); then we must also know what defines youth culture and learning outside of school in the present.
Language:English
Year:2009
No. of pages:2
Pages:119-120
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/038/021/ecp0938021.pdf
Available:2010-11-05
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Katherine Headrick Taylor (2009). “Can I Get a Little Space; Please?”: A Cross-Generation Comparison of Leisure Time and Mobility Patterns of Adolescents, Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=038;article=021 (accessed 10/1/2014)