Missing school: Educational engagement, youth transitions, and social exclusion

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/97068
Title:
Missing school: Educational engagement, youth transitions, and social exclusion
Authors:
MacDonald, R. (Robert); Marsh, J. (Jane)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. Department of Sociology.; Social Futures Institute. Youth Research Unit.
Citation:
MacDonald, R. and Marsh, J. (2004) 'Missing school: Educational engagement, youth transitions, and social exclusion', Youth & Society, 36 (2), pp.143-162.
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Journal:
Youth & Society
Issue Date:
Dec-2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/97068
DOI:
10.1177/0044118X04265156
Abstract:
Qualitative research with socially excluded young people in a prime underclass locale is the basis for this examination of experiences of schooling in the shaping of youth transitions. Young people's accounts of school disaffection were depressingly familiar. Explanations for persistent truancy - for missing school - related, in part, to powerful, (sub)cultural critiques of orthodox claims about the instrumental relevance of education. Paradoxically, in retrospect the majority missed school, in the sense that they wished they were still there, and many came to hold more instrumental views about education. This research suggests, however, that qualifications appeared to play a minor role in the shaping of overall transitions. The authors conclude that we cannot understand these contradictory, shifting orientations to the value of schooling without understanding the changing structures of opportunity that prevail for young people in different places and their fit with localized, class-cultural tastes and aspirations.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
school; social exclusion; youth transitions
ISSN:
0044-118X
Rights:
Subject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 21/04/2010]
Citation Count:
10 [Scopus, 21/04/2010]

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMacDonald, R. (Robert)en
dc.contributor.authorMarsh, J. (Jane)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-21T14:45:41Z-
dc.date.available2010-04-21T14:45:41Z-
dc.date.issued2004-12-
dc.identifier.citationYouth & Society; 36 (2): 143-162en
dc.identifier.issn0044-118X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0044118X04265156-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/97068-
dc.description.abstractQualitative research with socially excluded young people in a prime underclass locale is the basis for this examination of experiences of schooling in the shaping of youth transitions. Young people's accounts of school disaffection were depressingly familiar. Explanations for persistent truancy - for missing school - related, in part, to powerful, (sub)cultural critiques of orthodox claims about the instrumental relevance of education. Paradoxically, in retrospect the majority missed school, in the sense that they wished they were still there, and many came to hold more instrumental views about education. This research suggests, however, that qualifications appeared to play a minor role in the shaping of overall transitions. The authors conclude that we cannot understand these contradictory, shifting orientations to the value of schooling without understanding the changing structures of opportunity that prevail for young people in different places and their fit with localized, class-cultural tastes and aspirations.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen
dc.rightsSubject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 21/04/2010]en
dc.subjectschoolen
dc.subjectsocial exclusionen
dc.subjectyouth transitionsen
dc.titleMissing school: Educational engagement, youth transitions, and social exclusionen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. Department of Sociology.en
dc.contributor.departmentSocial Futures Institute. Youth Research Unit.en
dc.identifier.journalYouth & Societyen
ref.citationcount10 [Scopus, 21/04/2010]en
or.citation.harvardMacDonald, R. and Marsh, J. (2004) 'Missing school: Educational engagement, youth transitions, and social exclusion', Youth & Society, 36 (2), pp.143-162.en
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