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Educating 'discouraged workers': cultural diversity in the upper secondary school

Biggart, A., and Furlong, A. (1996) Educating 'discouraged workers': cultural diversity in the upper secondary school. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 17 (3). pp. 253-266. ISSN 0142-5692 (doi:10.1080/0142569960170301)

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Abstract

Through a qualitative study of the experiences of young people in the second year of post‐compulsory education in schools in four contrasting Scottish labour markets, we investigate the existence of a ‘discouraged worker’ effect. We argue that in the modem upper secondary school, which contains pupils with a range of attainment levels, it is possible to identify a number of distinct orientations to school life and suggest that the types of opportunities available within local labour markets affect young people's decisions to remain at school. We suggest that cultural responses to the school have become more individualised and that ‘discouraged workers’ can be identified in both the middle and the lower attainment bands.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Furlong, Prof Andy
Authors: Biggart, A., and Furlong, A.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:British Journal of Sociology of Education
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:0142-5692
ISSN (Online):1465-3346
Published Online:6 July 2006

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