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‘It showed me that I was not dumb’ the role of flexible learning programmes in enabling cognitive (re)-engagement


Thomas, J and Dyment, J and Hay, I, It showed me that I was not dumb' the role of flexible learning programmes in enabling cognitive (re)-engagement, International Journal of Inclusive Education, 24, (8) pp. 809-827. ISSN 1360-3116 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13603116.2018.1492641


This study investigates the change in students’ cognitive engagement as a result of participation in a Flexible Learning Programme. Using an understanding of engagement as both a process and a relationship between the students and their school, we sought to determine whether students’ perception of competency, willingness to engage, and establishment of learning goals were different after the programme compared with before enrolment. To achieve this, we used a range of data sources which included both student and teacher voice, collected prior, during and after the programme. Data from the programme’s complete cohort of 46 students collected over a span of five years were analysed. Findings revealed that students’ cognitive engagement increased within the programme, and these improvements were significantly maintained after students returned to their mainstream ‘host’ school. These findings provide a response to some common criticisms of Flexible Learning Programmes and add to the body of evidence supporting their role in the reengagement of disengaged students.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:disengagement, alternative education, reengagement, flexible Learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Thomas, J (Dr Jeffrey Thomas)
UTAS Author:Dyment, J (Associate Professor Janet Dyment)
UTAS Author:Hay, I (Professor Ian Hay)
ID Code:127703
Year Published:2020 (online first 2018)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-08-09
Last Modified:2022-07-05

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