Organizing Against the Neo-Liberal Privatization of Education In South Los Angeles: Reflections On the Transformative Potential of Grassroots Research
This auto/ethnographic study narrates how members of the Association of Raza Educators (ARE), a grassroots teacher-led organization, came together in undertaking action-research within what eventually became a stalled campaign to defend South Los Angeles Elementary from corporate takeover. Most of the work within the campaign involved action-research, including what I term organic popular education. In this paper I analyze the ways in which action-research functions as public pedagogy, further arguing for studies conducted from the vantage point of people immersed in grassroots organizations.
Zavala, M. (2013). Organizing against the neo-liberal privatization in South Los Angeles: Reflections on the transformative potential of grassroots research. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 29(2), 57-71.
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This article was originally published in Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, volume 29, issue 2, in 2013.