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ERIC Number: EJ1021860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Alternative Courses in Upper Secondary Vocational Education and Training: Students' Narratives on Hopes and Failures
Bruin, Marieke; Ohna, Stein Erik
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v17 n10 p1089-1105 2013
Counteracting upper secondary dropouts is an increasingly common issue across the Western part of the world. In Norway, the government has developed different measures to counteract dropouts, one of which concerns alternative educational courses involving increased workplace practice. This article is based on interviews with eight students who participate in the alternative course. The narratives show an identity shift from being outsiders in compulsory education to being participants in the alternative course, something which inspires to learn and installs in the students a hope for the future. This article discusses how and to what extent the alternative courses respond to the purpose of education. We argue that even though the alternative courses respond to many features that may represent educational purposes, this is altogether not enough for the courses to qualify as education. For the courses to qualify as education, a tighter connection to the curriculum is necessary. If the educational system does not respond to the students' construction of new identities through enabling pathways towards more formal qualifications, the development of alternative courses with increased workplace practice might lead to an unintended result of further marginalisation, exclusion and social reproduction.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
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