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Distance travelled: outcomes and evidence in flexible learning options


Thomas, J and McGinty, S and te Riele, KM and Wilson, K, Distance travelled: outcomes and evidence in flexible learning options, Australian Educational Researcher, 44, (4-5) pp. 443-460. ISSN 0311-6999 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s13384-017-0239-6


Flexible learning options (FLOs) provide individualised learning pathways for disengaged young people with strong emphasis on inclusivity and wellbeing support. Amidst a rapid expansion of Australia’s flexible learning sector, service providers are under increasing pressure to substantiate participant outcomes. This paper stems from a national study of the value of FLOs to young people and the broader Australian community. The study enumerates the outcomes valued by flexible learning practitioners, as well as the various evidence forms they cite to substantiate participant outcomes. Framing success as ‘distance travelled’ (i.e. an individual’s progress relative to his or her own starting point), practitioners demonstrate critical awareness of the social and structural mechanisms by which young people are marginalised from mainstream schooling. Holistic assessment practices also reveal practitioners’ efforts to expand the terms of reference by which educational outcomes may be validated in alternative education settings.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:alternative education, educational outcomes, accountability, evidence, distance travelled
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:te Riele, KM (Professor Kitty te Riele)
ID Code:118073
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment
Deposited On:2017-07-03
Last Modified:2018-11-07
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