ERIC Number: EJ928243
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Young People's Participation: Is Disaffection Another Way of Having a Voice?
Educational Psychology in Practice, v27 n2 p103-115 2011
In this study, young people, described by teachers as being disaffected, were encouraged to become involved in a public forum to discuss issues regarding participation, learning and training at their school as well as their aspirations about the future. The young people discussed their learning and social experiences, and reflected on existing models of participation and student voices as they operated in their school. Through focus group discussions and interviews, the young people expressed concerns about participation in school matters and critiqued the curriculum as irrelevant to their aspirations and employment needs. The young people favoured a form of participation that involves and sustains informal ways of having a voice and creates possibilities for being genuinely listened to. The findings suggested that to enable young people's participation in learning and other aspects of school life, the curriculum, learning and pastoral support and the school-to-training transition require re-thinking. Finally, the results reinforced the view that inclusion and participation are not unproblematic, requiring a nuanced approach.
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Young Adults, Student Participation, Academic Aspiration, Occupational Aspiration, Interviews, Student Attitudes, Advocacy, Barriers, Performance Factors, Learner Engagement, Learning Motivation, Student Educational Objectives, Relevance (Education), Foreign Countries, Educational Psychology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom