ERIC Number: EJ1047648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 75
"Give Me Air Not Shelter": Critical Tales of a Policy Case of Student Re-Engagement from "Beyond School"
Smyth, John; Robinson, Janean
Journal of Education Policy, v30 n2 p220-236 2015
This paper tackles what is arguably one of the most pressing and intractable educational issues confronting western democracies--the disengagement and disconnection from schooling of alarming numbers of young people. The paper looks at the policy response in Victoria, Australia, and through ethnographic interviews with a small number of young people; it finds a significant mismatch between the policy intent of re-engagement programmes, and the experiences of young people themselves. It seems that this is an instance of what might be termed policy deafness, a situation that will likely produce devastating consequences unless corrected.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Dropouts, Dropout Programs, Secondary School Students, Ethnography, Interviews, Social Theories, Critical Theory, Intervention, Student Experience, Neoliberalism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia