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ERIC Number: ED542295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1324-9320
"...becouse Suspension Dosent Teatch You Anything" [sic]: What Students with Challenging Behaviours Say about School Suspension
Michail, Samia
Australian Association for Research in Education (NJ1), Paper presented at the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference (AARE-APERA 2012) World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting (Sydney, New South Wales, Dec 2-6, 2012)
The literature on school suspension contains negligible discussion from the perspective of the student. This paper begins to contribute that missing point of view. It presents the findings of an ethnographic study with students in middle childhood who have been suspended from school. For the overwhelming majority of study participants, being suspended did not lead to any meaningful behavioural change. Students instead identified suspension as a universal process of exclusion, spawning pathways to educational disengagement and risks of marginalisation. In their reflections, students raised issues of respect, voice, procedural fairness and participation. They also speak of the critical impact of child-adult relations on their wellbeing in the learning environment. Student perspectives from this study support the use of individualised responses to challenging behaviour that are tailored to the ecology of the child.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Identifiers - Location: Australia