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ERIC Number: EJ1162677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1363-2752
Alternative Education on Prince Edward Island: A Hybrid of "Mainstream" and Special Education
Thorne, Carolyn M.
Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties, v22 n4 p365-382 2017
Alternative education programmes have acted as a disciplinary practice used by schools in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, as a response to providing students, especially those identified with challenging behaviours, who do not fit into "mainstream" schools. This article highlights the emergence of alternative education in PEI and brings to light the complexities underpinning how a child with challenging behaviour is viewed. Through the use of Foucauldian genealogical analysis and critical discourse analysis, this research centres on the discourse of "alternative education" and problematises how alternative education programmes have been put in place as a solution to the problem of the child with challenging behaviour in "mainstream" schools as constituted in the 1990s in PEI, Canada. Using data generated from educational policies, government documents, and interviews with educators who worked in alternative placements and practitioners who worked with students identified as having problematic behaviour, I propose that alternative education programmes are hybrid programmes emerging from an overlapping of understanding from "mainstream" education and "special education."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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