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Disability and disengagement: What Flexible Learning Program enrollments reveal about our about our education system

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Thomas, J, Disability and disengagement: What Flexible Learning Program enrollments reveal about our about our education system, Building Opportunities, Building Communities Conference, 13 November, University of Tasmania (2019) [Keynote Presentation]


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Flexible Learning Programs (FLPs) exist to support students who, for a variety of reasons, have disengaged from mainstream education. FLPs operate on an assumption that students have arrived at their door due to significant and ongoing behavioural concerns such as truancy, aggression, and disrespectful or disinterested behaviour. This presentation reports on the findings of a study exploring the characteristics of students enrolled in (number) FLPs across Australia, and poses a provocative question: Why is it that students with disabilities are significantly overrepresented in FLPs? This presentation explores challenging terrain, including a discussion about which disabilities are most prevalent among the student populations at FLPs; how and why children with disabilities are exiting mainstream schools; and, why students with certain disabilities are more likely to disengage, ore be excluded, from mainstream education.

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Item Type:Keynote Presentation
Keywords:disability, disengagement, alternative education, reengagement, flexible Learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other Education
Research Field:Education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:School/Institution
Objective Field:Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
UTAS Author:Thomas, J (Dr Jeffrey Thomas)
ID Code:135788
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-11-14
Last Modified:2019-11-14
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