Supporting a school team by participating in a Change Laboratory for and with adolescents in the context of cannabis legalization in Canada



État de publication: publié

Type de présentation: Conférence

Nom de la rencontre: The FERA conference on education


Résumé: School community members played an important role in modelling classroom lessons with a school team aiming at enabling adolescents to make informed decision-making with relation to their health. Members of a school community may be characterized as an educational community when a group of partners are committed to the success and development of students' full potential, sharing a common vision and values, and demonstrating caring, warmth, and support in their interpersonal relationships with other members of the same community. We discuss how multilayered collaboration happened in 2019 between a grand-parent, parents, a medical doctor, teachers, students and special ed teachers as they engage in responding to a demand coming from two schools to address the issue of cannabis legalization (Cannabis Act, 2018) with 8th grader adolescents. Drawing on Expansive Learning, a Change Laboratory was put in place in two schools. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected. Eight CL sessions were videotaped. In each school, the first two sessions sought to introduce the CL approach to the participants and to present evidence-based mirror data in order to foster individual and collective reflections about cannabis use. The results illustrate the need state that triggered the CL in both settings and the transformative agency by the participants during the CL sessions as well as during the classroom activities. The results highlight the relevance of the Change Laboratory to foster school community members’ agency as they support schools to better accompany adolescents when addressing health education.