A Multifaceted Portrait of Students’ Connectedness to Urban Schools

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In this study, as part of an intervention program in which students and their teachers participated in a school development project, we examined stu- dents’ perceptions of connectedness to their urban school. A photovoice method was employed to map out the multiple emotions associated with the school connectedness experienced by 61 students from four Brussels’ schools. Five different but simultaneously occurring emotional themes were revealed: togetherness, respect, success, readiness for learning, and pride. Moreover, students articulated the drivers that positively affect each of these emotional themes. Together, they provide guidance for creating a fertile ground for democratic practice in urban schools.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-34
Number of pages34
JournalUrban Education
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2022

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, (grant number 1900822N).

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  • school connectedness
  • urban education
  • learning democracy
  • secondary education


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