The voice of the Toowoomba Flexi School student

McDonald, Kathie J. and Burton, Lorelle Jane (2014) The voice of the Toowoomba Flexi School student. In: Community capacity building: lessons from adult learning in Australia. NIACE, Leicester, United Kingdom, pp. 91-104. ISBN 978-1-86201-722-1

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This chapter captures the voice of students who attend the Toowoomba Flexi School, a school for disengaged and disenfranchised youth. Similar to the approach taken by cultural anthropologists, the authors draw on their observations as well as face-to-face interviews with two Flexi School students, to provide an ethnographic understanding of the Flexi School student experience. The chapter provides insight into what the Flexi School means to its students – it documents how the Flexi School model allows individual students to experience success and achieve a sense of belonging in the community. Multiple aspects of the Flexi School experience are considered – including the peer groups, the teachers and staff, and the school work experience – and the overall student experience is contrasted with mainstream schooling experiences. Importantly, the chapter also captures student perspectives of the ongoing challenges at the Flexi School. The student narratives provide a standpoint from which one can consider how this alternative educational model, through its influence and support for its students, is helping to build community capacity.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2015 04:35
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2017 04:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: alternative education; alternative schools; disenfranchised youth; Toowoomba; Centenary Heights State High School; disruptive students; bullying
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education

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