The complexity of disengagement with education and learning: A case study of young offenders in a secure custodial setting in England

Shafi, Adeela ORCID: 0000-0002-6265-5024 (2019) The complexity of disengagement with education and learning: A case study of young offenders in a secure custodial setting in England. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 24 (4). pp. 323-345. doi:10.1080/10824669.2019.1613897

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This study explored the nature of disengagement in young people serving custodial sentences. This was in order to gain new theoretical insights into strategies for their re-engagement with education. This is because 90% of young offenders who drop out of school prior to incarceration are reportedly disengaged (dropout being an indicator of disengagement). This paper reports on a qualitative ethnographic case study in one secure children’s home in England. Semi-structured interviews with 16 incarcerated young people were conducted from which five participated in in-depth case studies along with teachers and care staff. Data were collected as participants engaged with a learning opportunity over a period of time. Extending emerging theory of disengagement, findings showed that disengagement oscillated between both active and passive forms within the same individual and pointed to the need for a range of strategies needed for re-engagement. This paper suggests that disengagement is complex where the physical and social context shapes how disengagement manifests. This has pedagogical implications for education in custodial settings and other at-risk children in alternative or mainstream education provision.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Young offenders; Students at-risk; Education; Disengagement; Engagement, Education; REF2021
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 16:04
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:43

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