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ERIC Number: EJ1154153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Absenting the Absence(s) in the Education of Poor Minority Ethnic Students: A Critical Realist Framework
Stylianou, Areti
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v21 n10 p975-990 2017
Absences, in terms of lacks, are identified by researchers as explaining factors of failure in inclusive education, for example, the absence of minority ethnic students' native language from instruction. However, there is a lack of a clear framework against which to discuss issues of absence in the education of poor minority ethnic students. In this paper, I draw on the notion of "laminated systems" from Roy Bhaskar's critical realism philosophy, in order to provide a conceptual theoretical tool for identifying and addressing absences in the education of poor minority ethnic students in a more structured and conscious way. This is done by drawing on qualitative empirical data, collected from a school with a high concentration of poor minority ethnic students in Cyprus, as part of a PhD thesis. Findings illustrate that "absence(s) are interrelated and emergent features which occur in" different levels of reality. Absences need to be identified and decided a posteriori for each case, whereas mono-dimensional, non-specific or "one-size-fits-it-all" strategic actions should be avoided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cyprus
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