Excluded from school: Getting a second chance at a 'meaningful' education
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In this paper, we draw upon the experiences of a group of young people who have been excluded from mainstream schools in two Australian states to provide an account of the ways in which they have found their way to education in educational sites that are variously referred to as 'flexible learning centres', 'second chance schools' and 'alternative schools'. Whilst often clashing with school authorities in their original schools, these young people described how, when given the opportunity, they were able to engage in more meaningful learning in environments that recognised and accommodated their personal circumstances, and avoided authoritarian rule. A question we address is: What kinds of educational experiences facilitate 'meaningful learning' for these students?
International Journal of Inclusive Education
Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development