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Title: Exploring narratives of young people's experiences of excessive school absenteeism
Author: Smith, Michelle
ISNI:       0000 0004 5358 6076
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2014
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On reviewing the research literature about excessive school absenteeism, it reflects a bias towards understanding this phenomenon from a 'within child', medical model discourse. My thinking stems from a social constructionist standpoint, therefore, I used narrative accounts to challenge these dominant constructions and to provide a different way of 'coming to know' excessive school absenteeism. Research around excessive school absenteeism is often presented in statistical form and does not appear to capture the interaction and complexities of excessive school absenteeism. However, narrative goes beyond the surface level of statistical analysis and captures the complexity of excessive school absenteeism. By looking in detail at what experiences stand out in the lives of these young people and making sense of their stories, gives a deeper meaning when understanding excessive school absenteeism and the part it plays in young people's lives. This research explores the narratives of four young people who have experienced excessive school absenteeism. I undertook a narrative approach as it allows people to construct their own versions of reality, from their own understanding of their experience of excessive school absenteeism. Labov's approach of identifying sequences and structural parts within the story was applied, the approach being adapted from the work of Patterson (2008) and Riessman (2008). This enabled me to identify key experiences that stood out for young people who have experienced excessive school absenteeism. Through interpreting the significant themes from the young people's narratives, I was able to explore ways in which professionals can use these accounts to support young people who have experienced excessive school absenteeism.
Supervisor: Williams, Antony Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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