This book will open your mind to the changing experience of schooling, and highlights new and different ways to help those whose needs simply don’t fit into the usual mould.  With contributions from leading academics from Canada, America, the UK, the Netherlands, and Australia, this internationally-minded book helps the reader to reflect on the ways young people are taught, and presents possible alternative approaches. Global social and economic changes and technological developments are driving the need for change within education, so that we can better cater for a diversity of young people. This book offers an overview of where we are now and where we might want to go in the future. 

New Adulthood, Youth and Identity

New adulthood, youth and identity

This chapter argues that some young people who are less successful at ‘doing school’ will construct alternative identities that sustain their sense of self. These identities are also mediated by changes that are taking place around adulthood. The chapter:

  • describes the dominant identities on offer at school;
  • suggests that some young people construct alternative identities that sustain their self-worth;
  • argues that dominant discourses surrounding older versions of adulthood might be redundant to the identities that young people are constructing for themselves; and
  • considers the related policy context in the UK.

Identity Matters

The making up of identities is a reflexive process. Identities are products of multiple, and often conflicting, discourses and practices. They are subject to aspects of biography-identity such as family ...

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