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Youth perspectives: schooling, capabilities frameworks and human rights

Lumby, Jacky and Morrison, Marlene (2009) Youth perspectives: schooling, capabilities frameworks and human rights International Journal of Inclusive Education, 13, (6), pp. 581-596. (doi:10.1080/13603110801995920).

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Interviews with 14-19 year olds in England and Wales are analysed to explore young people’s perceptions of the experience of school and of alternative settings for learning such as further education colleges or work-based learning. Many experience school as oppressive, suggesting a defeasance of their rights as human beings. The article posits that conceptualisations of childhood, rather than offering protection, may lead to vulnerability and that in secondary schools there are negative and disabling relationships between teachers and learners. If secondary pupils are conceived as vulnerable and marginalised, frameworks to address issues of social justice and inclusion for disadvantaged groups may be relevant. A capabilities approach to assuring the wellbeing of young people is explored as an alternative theory within which to evaluate schooling and to adjust relations between young people and staff.

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Published date: 13 March 2009
Keywords: disaffected, disengaged, secondary schools, childrens rights, 14-19 education reform
Organisations: Leadership School Improve &Effectiveness


Local EPrints ID: 65709
ISSN: 1360-3116
PURE UUID: 4ec2f1bb-93de-49af-b0f5-3061de6cd520

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Date deposited: 16 Mar 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:31

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Author: Jacky Lumby
Author: Marlene Morrison

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