Disengagement from Education

Paperback / softback, 188 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
17 Nov 2015
Trentham Books

Price: £21.99

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Disengagement from education among young people aged 11 to 19 remains of great concern. This book draws together current thinking and research in education and the social sciences to explore the complexities of the disengagement process and the long-term consequences of dropping out of school or college. It presents case studies of effective initiatives for preventing disengagement and for re-engaging young people in education.

Lynne Rogers examines schools, colleges, juvenile justice settings and the situation of young people who are not in education, training or employment (NEET). She explores disengagement in relation to special educational needs, transitions, curriculum and pedagogy, alternative curricula, and teachers and teacher training, and she sets out how those who work with 11–19-year-olds in the developed world can best challenge disengagement from education and help break cycles of intergenerational disadvantage.

The book is essential reading for teachers, senior managers and non-teaching staff in schools, colleges, juvenile justice, and for youth workers and policy makers.

  • Lynne Rogers

    Dr Lynne Rogers is Reader in Education at the UCL Institute of Education.

CONTENTS: 1. Background; 2. Understanding disengagement; 3. Secondary school; 4. Further Education, vocational education and training; 5. Young people in the criminal justice system; 6. Not in education, employment or training; 7. Special Educational Needs; 8. Transitions; 9. Alternative educational provision; 10. Curricula and pedagogy; 11. Teachers and teacher training; 12. Overview

'Disengagement from Education is a valuable and accessible synthesis of our knowledge of educational disengagement, its meaning, origins and remediation. This is a work which is thankfully sensitive to context, while harvesting insights from a variety of different national and institutional settings. Disengagement from Education will be well-received by educators, researchers, policy-makers and administrators for its clarity, coverage, organization and its commitment to effective intervention to reduce the experience of educational failure and disconnection which affects learners at many different levels of education.'

Richard Teese, Emeritus Professor of Education, University of Melbourne

'This invaluable and accessible book provides an outstanding review of the issues relating to young people’s disengagement from education in the UK and internationally. It includes a thoughtful reflection on what it means to be disengaged, an in-depth consideration of the specific challenges faced in a range of different contexts, as well as reviews of the specific issues relating to special educational needs, transitions, the curriculum and pedagogy. The final chapter sets out an agenda for change. In addition, there are many practical examples of initiatives which have been successful in overcoming disengagement. It is written with passion and an evident care for the disengaged and is essential reading for all of those interested in the field whether their focus is practice or research.'

Susan Hallam, Professor of Education, UCL Institute of Education

'The impressive scope of this book shows that preventing disengagement from education requires a holistic approach that is not a "one size fits all" strategy. The strong focus on system responses and not simply on the individual makes this book of real relevance for educators and policy makers, as well as for students across professions engaging with marginalized groups.'

Dr Paul Downes, Director, Educational Disadvantage Centre, Dublin City University