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ERIC Number: EJ970893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1478-8497
School Disaffection and Adolescent Identity: A Case Study from a Special Education Programme for Students with Behavior Disorders in Switzerland
Bruggen, Susanne
International Journal on School Disaffection, v7 n2 p40-44 2010
In this article the author presents results from an ongoing study about a special education programme in Switzerland for students with behavior disorders. The study explores careers and identities of adolescent students, who were referred to so-called "Timeout-classes" because of behavior disorders (e.g disengagement, disruptive and aggressive behavior, absentism). It will be shown that school disaffection can't be defined only as characteristic of the individual student alone. Thus a student can't be said to be either disaffected or not. Rather disaffection is part of specific interactions and practices, as well as the "institutional arrangements" in one school. Therefore one has to analyze the social interactions, routines and the various roles involved when a student comes to be labeled out as "difficult". The results from the study show that school disaffection does not only stem from motivational processes and/or the background of family socialization. Rather it is the school, with its practices and interactions, which plays an "active role" in the construction of a deviant career.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Switzerland