At-risk students and classroom engagement : listening to “voices of possibility and hope"

Bland , Derek (2009) At-risk students and classroom engagement : listening to “voices of possibility and hope". In Millwater, Jan & Beutel, Denise (Eds.) Stepping Out into the Real World of Education. Pearson Education Australia, Australia, pp. 92-108.

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In my work with secondary school students who have disengaged from mainstream classrooms, I have often been surprised at the ways they enthusiastically engage with the projects on offer. They have demonstrated that, in apparent contradiction of their classroom behaviour, they still maintain hope in achieving a positive outcome from education. In a long-running schools-university project employing a “students-as-researchers” approach to investigating educational disadvantage, “at-risk” students have produced high quality results. Naturally, I wanted to know what it was about this sort of pedagogy that seemed to work for them. In this chapter, then, I outline the project and discuss some reasons for disengagement. I then address the features of the project that the participants themselves have identified as being instrumental in their re-engagement with formal education. Finally, I consider how these features may be transposed to maintaining the educational engagement of at-risk students in mainstream classrooms.

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ID Code: 27318
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: students at risk, disengagement, engaging pedagogy
ISBN: 9781442518636
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Pearson Education Australia
Deposited On: 10 Sep 2009 21:34
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 08:49

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