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School connectedness: student voices examine power and subjectivity

Thompson, G. and Bell, J. (2005) School connectedness: student voices examine power and subjectivity. International Journal of School Disaffection, 3 (1).

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    Ideally, school would be a place where all students felt that they belonged. However, the reality is that many students feel as though they do not belong to their school community. Alienated or disaffected students are an endemic problem in schools in Australia, affecting the whole school community, as well as life chances for the students themselves after school. The crux of this matter, we believe, are the tensions between the desire to connect to the school community, and the frustration experienced by some students as a result of their subjectification by the school system. Perhaps students that we tend to identify as alienated or disaffected in their schools may be resisting the accepted negotiations of power that underpin the school system.

    Publication Type: Journal Article
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
    Publisher: Trentham Books
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