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Children missing from school systems: exploring divergent patterns of disengagement in the narrative accounts of parents, carers, children and young people.

Broadhurst, Karen E. and May-Chahal, Corinne A. and Paton, Helen (2005) Children missing from school systems: exploring divergent patterns of disengagement in the narrative accounts of parents, carers, children and young people. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 26 (1). pp. 105-119. ISSN 0142-5692

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to identify and re-present the experiences and views of a sample of children who have been 'missing' from education, and those of their parents/carers. Access to this hard to reach population has been possible as a result of an innovative interventionist tracking system, responding to pupil mobility, developed by the Education Authority in the fieldwork area. Semistructured interviews were conducted with parents/carers, children and young people with the aim of obtaining a demographic profile of families and eliciting a chronology of factors that participants saw as contributing to a child going missing from school systems. Three distinct life-course groups emerged from participants' accounts illustrating different degrees of disengagement from external systems. The authors conclude with a discussion of the different challenges each life-course group presents, for education policy and practice.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Sociology of Education
Additional Information: 50% contribution RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
ID Code: 3241
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2008 11:51
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:10
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3241

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