Pushed to the Edge

Inclusion and Behaviour Support in Schools

Val Gillies

Pushed to the Edge

Val Gillies

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447317470 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447317463 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
In recent years, a little-noted policy has dramatically transformed—for the worse—the experience of schooling in the United Kingdom for a large number of young people. Internal behavior support units, which ostensibly serve to help manage and improve problematic behavior in students, have been installed in schools throughout the nation, with the result that large numbers of young people are removed from mainstream classrooms for long periods to undergo rehabilitative programs that operate with little oversight. Making use of the insights of young people experiencing these units, this book is the first to offer a detailed analysis and critique of this approach, and it should prompt sharp questions from parents, educators, and policy makers alike around issues of social justice, equal opportunities, and institutional racism.
Contents
Acknowledgements

1. Disciplining pupils: from exclusion to ‘inclusion’;
2. An ethnography of ‘inclusion’: reflecting on the research process;
3. Contextualising challenging behaviour;
4. Damaged boys, needy girls;
5. Dynamics of disadvantage: race, gender and class;
6. ‘Yo momma ...’: foregrounding families;
7. “Ain't doing tramp's work”: educational marginalisation and imagined futures;
8. The politics of exclusion.

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Index
Review Quotes
Chrissie Rogers, Aston University
“This deeply narrative-driven research evocatively writes about a classed, raced and gendered education system for those children who are considered ‘troublesome.’ A remarkable, honestly debated ethnographic work.”
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