Educational tracking and sense of futility: a matter of stigma consciousness?

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Author: Spruyt, Bram; Droogenbroeck, Filip van; Kavadias, Dimokritos


During the past decade, both qualitative and quantitative research have documented strong feelings of fatalism amongst pupils enrolled in technical and vocational tracks in secondary education. Whereas those feelings have been shown to predict decreased school involvement and school misconduct, relatively little is known about their exact origins. In this paper, [the authors] explore to what extent they should be considered a stigma consciousness caused by the demeaning impact of perceived contempt to which pupils from technical and vocational tracks are exposed. Data from the...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; Secondary education; Vocational education and training

Keywords: VET in schools; Attitude; Perception; Student behaviour

Geographic subjects: Belgium; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2015

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Journal volume: 41

Journal number: 6

Journal date: December 2015

Pages: pp. 747-765

ISSN: 0305-4985, 1465-3915 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 123.267

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