Locked Out: researching destinations and outcomes for young people permanently excluded from special schools and pupil referral units

Anne Pirrie, Gale Macleod

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Abstract

This article explores the methodological challenges encountered during a study of destinations and outcomes for pupils permanently excluded from Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and special schools in England. It outlines the manner in which the key phrases and assumptions embedded within the specification, terms such as routes and trajectories, destinations and outcomes, framed the study – and to some extent the researchers. The article is located within a growing body of scholarly activity that has raised important questions about the epistemological bases of educational research, the representation of complex social realities and methodological issues relating to the identification and tracking of ‘hard to find’ young people. The authors conclude that their apparent inability to find the answers to some rather straightforward questions is in fact data rather than lack of data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-194
Number of pages9
JournalEmotional and Behavioural Difficulties
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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