An Argument for new understandings and explanations of early school leaving that go beyond the conventional

This paper presents an argument around the need to rethink the issue of early school leaving from the vantage point of students and teachers, and the conditions and pathways that need to be constructed and brought into existence within schooling, if such conditions do not already exist. The attempt is to move discussions outside of the well-meaning but ultimately unhelpful literatures of 'at risk' categories that end up blaming students, their families or backgrounds. The claim being advanced is that the focus needs to be on relationships, school cultures, and pedagogical arrangements that make schools more attractive and educationally engaging places.

author
Smyth, John
language
ENG
Institutions
University of London. Institute of Education
date
2005
Pages
p. 117-130
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themes
Educational wastage

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