"Did you end up on the loser team?”: Exploring failing boys in VET

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    Abstract

    The purpose of the article is to relate the discussion about boys in education to the general issue of why some students lose out in secondary education programmes. The political ambition of the past two decades has been that no adolescents should lose out in the secondary education system. Many resources have been invested in achieving the goal that 95% of a youth group should complete a secondary education, but with a limited effect. At the same time, boys have come to make up an increasing proportion of the group of young people without a secondary education. This article discusses some central explanations for why more boys than girls lose out in the education system, based on three different theoretical approaches: theories of social reproduction, theories concerning the boys’ anti-school culture and theories of institutional differentiation/polarisation. The article's empirical basis is a qualitative interview study with over 100 pupils attending vocational schools, half of whom were interviewed for a second time after 6 months.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date13 May 2013
    Number of pages14
    Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2013
    EventVocational Education and Training – Emerging Issues? : Voices from Research - Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
    Duration: 13 May 201314 May 2013
    Conference number: 2

    Conference

    ConferenceVocational Education and Training – Emerging Issues?
    Number2
    LocationStockholm University
    Country/TerritorySweden
    CityStockholm
    Period13/05/201314/05/2013

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