Alternative education: providing support to the disenfranchised

Mills, Martin and McGregor, Glenda (2016) Alternative education: providing support to the disenfranchised. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 7 2: 198-217. doi:10.18357/ijcyfs72201615718

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Author Mills, Martin
McGregor, Glenda
Title Alternative education: providing support to the disenfranchised
Journal name International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1920-7298
Publication date 2016
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.18357/ijcyfs72201615718
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Issue 2
Start page 198
End page 217
Total pages 20
Place of publication Victoria, BC Canada
Publisher University of Victoria * School of Child and Youth Care
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract This paper is concerned with “what works” in alternative schools, also known as flexible learning centres, in the state of Queensland, Australia. Generally, young people who find their way to an alternative educational provider have left school early due to difficult personal circumstances or significant clashes with schooling authorities and their associated disciplinary requirements. This research at eight case-study alternative schools shows that their students were reconnecting to educational futures because of policies and practices that were quite different from those of mainstream schools. By reimagining their relational, pedagogical, curricular, and pastoral work, many of these alternative schools and centres have created learning environments that cater to the holistic needs of young people, particularly those on the margins of societies. It is our contention that mainstream schools might use ideas from this growing alternative educational sector to inform their practices positively and thus retain many of their most vulnerable students.
Keyword Alternative schools
Marginalised youth
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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