'They don't boss you about like teachers, they just act like they are equals…': the impact of schools/youthwork partnerships on disengaged young people

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It has been argued that school socialisation based upon the presence of authoritarian structures has the potential to reinforce vulnerable young people’s antagonistic worldviews (Harber, 2004; Deuchar, 2010). In turn, this type of socialisation can bolster young people’s disconnection from mainstream society and their involvement in anti-social behaviour. Hence, conventional wisdom tells us that the converse is also the case, and that active and participative approaches to formal education can play a central role in encouraging prosocial
behaviour and discouraging a propensity towards social disaffection (Hayden et al., 2007). In Scotland, the core components of the Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) agenda focus on the need for inter-agency approaches to improving outcomes for young people (Scottish Executive, 2006), and there has been an increasing recognition of the need to draw upon the potential of youth work to re-engage disaffected young people (Youthlink/LTS, 2009).

The current research sought to identify which factors within an informal education (youth work) and schools partnership are critical in working with young people who have become disengaged. The study focused on exploring the impact of a new educational intervention that was introduced across 3 secondary schools within an area of social deprivation in Glasgow. The intervention involved the introduction of an inter-agency partnership between teachers and local youth workers. The programme was aimed specifically at a small group of young people (aged 12-13) who had been identified as becoming increasingly
disaffected from formal education, and known to be involved in anti-social behaviour. Semistructured interviews with the young people explored the perceived reasons underpinning school exclusions and the extent to and ways in which young people participated in antisocial behaviour both within and external to the school premises. Following the intervention, young people were re-interviewed to ascertain the impact of the new diversionary programme, the particular features and critical incidents that they viewed as influential. The findings illustrate that the pupils particularly valued the informal relationships they developed with youth workers, the active learning approaches they implemented and the socially-relevant nature of the projects they studied. The paper will explore the findings, present tentative conclusions and implications for future interprofessional policy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventScottish Educational Research Association 2011 - Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Oct 201125 Oct 2011
http://www.sera.ac.uk/documents/2011/Conference_booklet_2011_Revised_version_16_November_2011.pdf

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ConferenceScottish Educational Research Association 2011
Abbreviated titleSERA 2011
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityStirling
Period24/10/1125/10/11
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worldview
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Keywords

  • disengaged
  • schools
  • youth work
  • inter-agency

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Ellis, J & Deuchar, R 2011, ''They don't boss you about like teachers, they just act like they are equals…': the impact of schools/youthwork partnerships on disengaged young people' Paper presented at Scottish Educational Research Association 2011, Stirling, United Kingdom, 24/10/11 - 25/10/11, .

'They don't boss you about like teachers, they just act like they are equals…' : the impact of schools/youthwork partnerships on disengaged young people. / Ellis, Jennifer; Deuchar, Ross.

2011. Paper presented at Scottish Educational Research Association 2011, Stirling, United Kingdom.

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