“To educate you to be smart”: disaffected students and the purpose of school in the (not so clever) “lucky country”
Graham, Linda J., Van Bergen, Penny, & Sweller, Naomi (2015) “To educate you to be smart”: disaffected students and the purpose of school in the (not so clever) “lucky country”. Journal of Education Policy, 30(2), pp. 237-257.
This paper contributes to conversations about school, post-compulsory and further education policy by reporting findings from a three-year study with disaffected students who have been referred to special “behaviour” schools. Contrary to popular opinion, our research finds that these “ignorant yobs” (Tomlinson, 2012) do value education and know what it is for. They also have aspirations for a secure, productive and fulfilled life, although it may not involve university level study. Importantly, we found that students who responded negatively with regard to the importance of schooling tended to envision future lives and occupations for which they believed school knowledge was unnecessary. The implications of this research for school, post-compulsory and further education policy are discussed.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||student aspirations, alternative schooling, post-compulsory and higher education, social mobility, HERN|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy (130213)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Education Policy (160506)
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis|
|Deposited On:||27 Oct 2014 00:43|
|Last Modified:||11 Sep 2015 12:45|
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