ERIC Number: EJ1047649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
"To Educate You to Be Smart": Disaffected Students and the Purpose of School in the (Not so Clever) "Lucky Country"
Graham, Linda J.; Van Bergen, Penny; Sweller, Naomi
Journal of Education Policy, v30 n2 p237-257 2015
This paper contributes to conversations about school, post-compulsory and further education policy by reporting findings from a three-year study with disaffected students who have been referred to special "behaviour"schools. Contrary to popular opinion, our research finds that these "ignorant yobs" do value education and know what it is for. They also have aspirations for a secure, productive and fulfilled life, although it may not involve university-level study. Importantly, we found that students who responded negatively with regard to the importance of schooling tended to envision future lives and occupations for which they believed school knowledge was unnecessary. The implications of this research for school, post-compulsory and further education policy are discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Nontraditional Education, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Mixed Methods Research, Aspiration, Educational Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Comparative Analysis, Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia