'I just got on with it': The educational experiences of ordinary, yet overlooked, boys

Roberts, Steven D. (2012) 'I just got on with it': The educational experiences of ordinary, yet overlooked, boys. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 33 (2). pp. 203-221. ISSN 0142-5692. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2011.649832) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In the 1980s, researchers established the need to document and analyse the educational attitudes, behaviours and outcomes of 'ordinary kids' as a means of developing a holistic account of school experience. Yet, while significant attention is given to extremes in educational attitudes and behaviours, 'ordinariness' tends to remain overlooked in contemporary research and policy discourses. This article contributes to this void by presenting data from a qualitative study of young men's school-to-work transitions. Their educational experiences at both compulsory and post-compulsory levels illustrate a distinctive middle-ground, defying typically conceived dualisms of resistance or engagement. Alongside research interest in the extremes of 'success' and 'failure', such ordinary experiences can enable us to reinvigorate and refine our conceptual repertoire. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: disengagement, instrumentalism, masculinity, ordinary kids, working class
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Medway
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2014 10:07 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 09:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/39012 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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