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Urban Youth and Education

ISBN: 9780335223824 | 0335223826
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Open University Press
Pub. Date: 6/1/2010

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How can we understand the identities and educational (dis)engagement of urban, working-class young people? How are schools and educational policies implicated in these young people's difficult relationships with education and how might they help to support and engage urban youth? What are the social justice implications?This book critically engages with contemporary notions of 'at risk' youth. It explores the complexity of urban, working-class young people's relationships with education and schooling and discusses strategies for addressing these issues.Drawing on a two year study of urban 14-16 year olds, educational professionals and parents, the book focuses in depth on the views and experiences of 89 ethnically diverse young Londoners who had been identified by their schools as 'at risk of dropping out of education' and as 'unlikely to progress into post-16 education'.The book provides an important contribution to educational policy and practice by providing an informative and accessible overview of key issues, debates and theoretical frameworks, drawing across the disciplines of education, sociology and feminist theory.


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