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ERIC Number: EJ769107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
School Hurts: Refrains of Hurt and Hopelessness in Stories about Dropping out at a Vocational School for Care Work
Jonker, Ellis F.
Journal of Education and Work, v19 n2 p121-140 Apr 2006
In this article, I reinterpret the stories of two students who dropped out of a vocational school for care work, which turned them into a category of ongoing policy concern: early school leavers. The stories were recorded over a three-year period, as part of an ethnographic study of motivation and aspiration of 150 young people at the Amsterdam School for Health Care. The combination of classroom ethnography and biographical interviewing brought me close to the inside experience and outward expression of school failure. By listening again to the stories of the drop-outs, I found refrains with which they connected different stories in their life and school narratives. At first glance, these refrains reveal how they see themselves and their chances to do well at school. Looking closer, these refrains of hurt and hopelessness are made up of internalised labels more powerful others like teachers use to assess and select students throughout their school career. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands (Amsterdam)