Educational re-engagement as social inclusion: the role of flexible learning options in alternative provision in Australia


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In Australia, a significant minority of young people do not complete upper secondary education. Whether procedural or enacted through the agency of students, the failure of the education system to accommodate young people through to completion can be regarded as a form of institutionalised social exclusion and injustice. In response, a growing number of flexible learning options (FLOs) are providing marginalised young people with alternative avenues for meaningful educational re-engagement. The authors of this article examine two key characteristics of FLOs: an unconditional acceptance...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Secondary education; Participation; Teaching and learning; Equity; Outcomes

Keywords: Student retention; Educational alternative; Wellbeing; Social inclusion

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Oxford, England: Symposium Books, 2016

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Journal volume: 58

Journal number: 3

Journal date: 2016

Pages: pp. 345-354

ISSN: 0963-8253

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 127.759

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