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ERIC Number: EJ942203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1471-3802
Perceptions of Behaviour and Patterns of Exclusion: Gypsy Traveller Students in English Secondary Schools
Derrington, Chris
Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, v5 n2 p55-61 Jun 2005
This paper draws on a recent and unique longitudinal study of Gypsy Traveller students in fifteen local education authorities in England. Gypsy Traveller students are less likely to complete secondary education than any other minority ethnic group and it is estimated that up to 12 000 young Travellers in England are not registered at any secondary school. The study tracked a sample of 44 students over a three-year period, using a multi-perspective, phenomenological design to explore the complex interplay of attitudes, expectations and relationships that might impact on secondary school engagement and retention. Findings indicate that, although the students' behaviour was perceived to be good by their primary school teachers, problems began to emerge during the first year at secondary school and twenty-four pupils had self-excluded by the age of fourteen. Furthermore, almost one in three of the students in the study were temporarily excluded by their schools on at least one occasion during the study. The research suggests that patterns of resistance to secondary schooling should not be solely attributed to cultural influences. In many cases, parents expressed positive perceptions of their child's school until relationships broke down. Above all, parents and students want assurance that racism will be challenged and dealt with effectively.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)