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The context of flexible learning options


te Riele, K, The context of flexible learning options, Gauging the Value of Education for Disenfranchised Youth: Flexible Learning Options, Brill Sense, S McGinty, K Wilson, J Thomas, B Lewthwaite (ed), Netherlands, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9789463512404 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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This introductory chapter provides a context for the book from two perspectives: at the micro level, the previous lived experiences of young people in Flexible Learning Options (FLOs), and at the macro level, economic and policy pressures. The persistent impact of social background on educational experiences and achievement is widely recognised. For students in FLOs, mainstream schooling has not worked well due to one or more factors of social and educational disenfranchisement. FLOs respond to this with approaches underpinned by social justice.

Demand for FLOs has increased in recent decades. High levels of youth unemployment and under-employment mean that education is an alternative to entering a precarious labour market. Moreover, policy initiatives in Australia and elsewhere are aimed at increasing educational attainment. These conditions particularly impact on disenfranchised young people, and on the FLOs that aim to offer them an engaging, high-quality education.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:disadvantage, alternative education, flexible learning options
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Secondary education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:te Riele, K (Professor Kitty te Riele)
ID Code:123346
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment
Deposited On:2018-01-03
Last Modified:2018-12-06

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