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ERIC Number: EJ1126015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1478-8497
Mediated Disaffection and Reconfigured Subjectivities: The Impact of a Vocational Learning Environment on the Reengagement of 14-16-Year-Olds
Allan, David
International Journal on School Disaffection, v11 n2 p45-65 Nov 2015
In England, one in three 11-16-year-olds is said to illustrate poor behaviour (Sodha and Guglielmi, 2009), while students at Key Stage 4 (14-16) who are not engaged in education are often identified as, or at risk of becoming, disaffected (McKendrick et al., 2007). This paper explores the impact of a vocational learning environment on disaffected 14-16-year-old girls' cognition. Through a series of semi-structured interviews, data are obtained in relation to the cognitive processes that motivate attitude to learning and engagement with a learning environment. Of particular relevance is the impact on: reflection, self-awareness, subjectivity, and metacognitive functioning. Disaffected female students are seen to develop greater self-insight and objectivity as a result of their engagement in an alternative learning environment. It is thus argued that disaffection with learning may be reduced through a temporary removal from the problematic environment (school), although this can perpetuate poor perceptions of schooling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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