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ERIC Number: EJ1077115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1927-5250
The Social Treatment of Ex-Dropouts Reenrolled in Secondary School in South Africa
Brown, Byron A.
Journal of Education and Learning, v2 n4 p60-70 2013
Dropout recovery and return to school is an education access priority for government in countries in both the western and non-western worlds. In a qualitative investigation involving a sample of dropouts who had re-enrolled in secondary school in South Africa, this study explored antisocial aspects in their social experiences at school. The aim was to explore the social treatment of ex-dropout who re-enrolled in secondary school and discuss ways to help them reintegrate in the school community. The study revealed that the major antisocial aspects in dropout experience were prejudice and social hostility, expressed through experiences of social ostracism, isolation, categorisation and rejection. This was motivated by a matrix of intersecting modern and traditional forces. Relational and physical aggressions, which occurred in response to dropout out-group labelling and categorisation, were major factors in the social interactions. The evidence of hostility and reactions substantiated previous studies. The various implications of the findings for the school climate were highlighted. The study stressed that for dropouts to reintegrate, the entire school culture that condones social categorisation, relational or physical aggression against them, needs to be altered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa