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. 

Engaging Disaffected Young People

Engaging disaffected young people

This chapter explores:

  • alternative pedagogical approaches, drawing on studies of UK community education providers;
  • values and ideologies underpinning learning communities working with disengaged young people; and
  • challenges involved in sustaining effective alternatives.

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe and America offer many examples of community-based, voluntary endeavours to generate educational alternatives, from working-class community and progressive schools developed from the 1900s onwards (Shotton, 1993), to the urban free school movement of the late 1960s (Wright, 1989), and radical education projects worldwide (Graham-Brown, 1996). Many aimed to create relevant and less prescriptive education in poor communities.

Few lessons from such developments or from recent alternatives inform pedagogic debate, despite a resurgence of approaches challenging formal schooling (Carnie, 2003). This absence is surprising when non-profit organizations have ...

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