Detaining the usual suspects : charting the use of segregated settings in New South Wales government schools, Australia

Graham, Linda J., Sweller, Naomi, & Van Bergen, Penny (2010) Detaining the usual suspects : charting the use of segregated settings in New South Wales government schools, Australia. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 11(3), pp. 234-248.

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In this paper, we examine the increase in segregated placements in the New South Wales government school sector. Using disaggregated enrolment data, we point to the growing over-representation of boys in special schools and classes; particularly those of a certain age in certain support categories. In the discussion that follows, we question the role of special education in the development of new and additional forms of being “at risk.” In effect, we invert the traditional concept by asking: Who is at risk of what? In focusing on the containment of risk, are modern practices of diagnosis and segregation perpetuating risks that already disproportionately affect certain groups of individuals? Do these perceptions of and responses to risk in local schools now place these students at greater personal risk of school failure and a future marked by social exclusion? And, finally, is that risk worth the cost?

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ID Code: 57508
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: emotional and behavioural difficulties, separate special educational settings, school exclusion, disproportionate representation
DOI: 10.2304/ciec.2010.11.3.234
ISSN: 1463-9491
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Symposium Journals
Deposited On: 21 Feb 2013 22:37
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2015 10:55

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