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Gauging the Value of Education for Disenfranchised Youth

Flexible Learning Options

2018 - 162 pages

Sue McGinty (James Cook University, Australia), Kimberley Wilson (Australian Catholic University, Australia), Joseph Thomas (James Cook University, Australia) and Brian Lewthwaite (James Cook University, Australia) (Eds.)

ISBN Paperback: 9789463512404 ($ 43.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789463512411 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789463512428

Subject: Youth, Inclusive Education, Inclusion, Culture, Education General

Number 7 of the series: Innovations and Controversies: Interrogating Educational Change

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Disengagement of youth from schooling is an issue of significant national and international concern, and is a key driver of educational policy and reform that look to maximise school retention for the benefit of both students and the wider community. In Australia, Flexible Learning Options (FLOs) have arisen as a response to the premature disengagement from schooling of a sizeable number of Australian youth. FLOs attend to the educational, social and well-being needs of young people experiencing complex life circumstances, yet empirical evidence of their value to date has been largely anecdotal. The significance of this book lies in its innovative approach to gauging the value of FLOs—to young people themselves, as well as the wider Australian community. Drawing on past research and new findings from a national investigation, the authors provide novel insight into the pressures pushing young people out of schools and the mechanisms at work in FLOs to re-engage them in education. The varied contributions of this book elucidate many of the measurable impacts of FLOs on the life trajectories of disenfranchised youth, including improved economic integration, mental and emotional wellbeing, and myriad other outcomes. The significance of this project lies in its exploration of how young people and staff understand the transformative nature of the FLO experience, with an analysis that brings to light the wider value of this type of educational intervention in terms of long term community benefit.



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