Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Towards a learning identity: young people becoming learners after leaving school

an article by Jane Higgins (AERU, Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand) published in Research in Post-Compulsory Education Volume 18 Issue 1-2 (2013)


This article explores the development of learning identities among 51 young New Zealanders who left school with few or no qualifications. Most experienced a period of time after leaving school when they were not in education, employment or training (known as NEET).

At the time of this research all had moved into a learning environment of some kind.

The development of learning identities involved the explicit rejection of their former NEET identities and was facilitated by aspects of their current learning environment, particularly relationships with tutors and fellow students and styles of learning that differed from their school experiences. Within this context the young people were able to think about crafting future pathways into further education and employment.

The article concludes with a discussion of current policy directions that attempt to reintegrate these young people into a school-like system, a process that may be unhelpful for them.

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