ERIC Number: ED420919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
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Boys and "Second Chance" Education: Same Jeans, Different Consequences.
McFadden, Mark G.
This paper examines the perceptions and interactions of disadvantaged young people returning to mainstream education through Street Kids Access Tertiary Education (SKATE), a university bridging program in Sydney, Australia. Although both males and females in the study shared common backgrounds of disadvantage, "second-chance" educational success was differentially distributed in females' favor. Generally, males' constructions of educational identity, formed during previous educational experiences, went unconstructed throughout the program. They continued to focus on what they lacked to be an educational success. By contrast, females shared strategies of commitment and negotiated reconstructed educational identities. They focused on how education was developing them as people. Using Bernstein's theory of pedagogic discourse (1996), Giddens's theory of structuration (1984), and Walker's theory of intercultural articulation (1993), this study illustrates how the SKATE program recycled disadvantage for a majority of males and provided access for a relatively disproportionate number of females. Reflecting on the work of Willis (1977), the paper demonstrates how the unintentional consequences of everyday educational practices can perpetuate the situation of already disadvantaged individuals. (Included are an abstract and 32 references.) (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia