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Title: The sense young people make of their educational experiences in an independent alternative provision
Author: Clayton , Guy Hunter
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2013
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Having been permanently excluded from school, the educational options for young people are often restricted to either Special Schools for Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD), or the alternative sector. This research is based in a Local Authority in which there are no BESD Special Schools and so the vast majority of excluded young people are placed in an Independent Alternative Provision (lAP). Yet lAPs represent a largely unregulated sector, which has received sparse interest from the research community. As such, very little is currently understood as to the experience of attending these provisions. This study addresses this matter, with an exploration into the sense young people make of their educational experiences in an lAP. This study reports data from five young people, aged 14-16, using semi structured interviews, which were transcribed verbatim and analysed, using interpretive phenomenological analysis. The data was collected over two interviews with each participant. Interpretations and summaries were later checked with participants in order to check the validity of the data. Whilst some idiosyncratic findings are reported, there was a marked consistency in the perceptions made about the lAP, these have been categorised into three main themes. Firstly, 'Myelf focuses on the positive changes young people have recognised in , themselves, since they started at the lAP. Secondly, 'What I get from coming here' considers what young people feel they have gained since attending the lAP. Whilst three of the five participants reported being able to focus on their learning for what seemed the first time in their schooling, different educational experiences were reported for the others. An interpretation as to why accounts differ, is made in reference to two psychological , constructs. The final super-ordinate theme discusses 'Relationships'. In line with previous research, young people placed considerable value on their relationships with staff and also spoke of a family atmosphere in the lAP. Through a focus on experience, this research also questioned whether young people benefitted from their placement in the lAP. The interviews with three young people in particular, appeared : to suggest that benefits were recognised in the form of 'basic' needs being satisfied. This research discusses psychological concepts that can be used as frameworks of practice, in clarifying the ambiguous task faced by education providers, who are tasked with addressing the 'needs' of young people.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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