ERIC Number: EJ718915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Reference Count: 31
Children Missing from School Systems: Exploring Divergent Patterns of Disengagement in the Narrative Accounts of Parents, Carers, Children and Young People
Broadhurst, Karen; Paton, Helen; May-Chahal, Corinne
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v26 n1 p105-119 Feb 2005
The aim of this study was to identify and re-present the experiences and views of a sample of children who have been 'missing' from education, and those of their parents/carers. Access to this hard to reach population has been possible as a result of an innovative interventionist tracking system, responding to pupil mobility, developed by the Education Authority in the fieldwork area. Semistructured interviews were conducted with parents/carers, children and young people with the aim of obtaining a demographic profile of families and eliciting a chronology of factors that participants saw as contributing to a child going missing from school systems. Three distinct life-course groups emerged from participants' accounts illustrating different degrees of disengagement from external systems. The authors conclude with a discussion of the different challenges each life-course group presents, for education policy and practice.
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Truancy, Attendance Patterns, Family Problems, Social Problems, Participation, Foreign Countries, Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Family School Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom