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ERIC Number: EJ1090212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1750-8487
Caught between a Rock and a Hard Place: Disruptive Boys' Views on Mainstream and Special Schools in New South Wales, Australia
Graham, Linda J.; Van Bergen, Penny; Sweller, Naomi
Critical Studies in Education, v57 n1 p35-54 2016
Students with disruptive behaviour in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) are increasingly being educated in separate "behaviour" schools. There is however surprisingly little research on how students view these settings, or indeed the mainstream schools from which they were excluded. To better understand excluded students' current and past educational experiences, we interviewed 33 boys, aged between 9 and 16 years of age, who were enrolled in separate special schools for students with disruptive behaviour. Analyses reveal that the majority of participants began disliking school in the early years due to difficulties with schoolwork and teacher conflict. Interestingly, while most indicated that they preferred the behaviour school, more than half still wanted to return to their old school. It is therefore clear that separate special educational settings are not a solution to disruptive behaviour in mainstream schools. Whilst these settings do fulfil a function for some students, the preferences of the majority of boys suggest that "mainstream" school reform is of first-order importance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia