Narratives from GCSE-failed UK learners, classified as “low ability”, told in their own words: on being funnelled into vocational courses, and the lack of agency and impact on their post-education destinations
What is the impact when a social identity is not chosen and embraced, but imposed upon you?
UK policy can be criticised for pressurising the education sector to funnel learners who fail their GCSEs into vocational learning courses such as Media Studies. With narratives drawn from the original, person-centred research conducted by the author in the Further Education sector, this book centres the often-discounted voices of the so-called “low ability” learners themselves.
They tell of the lack of agency that comes from having choices made for them, and the impact on their lives and identities as well as their post-education destinations. Featuring stories from a range of individual research participants, the book also explores intersectional issues, such as how race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and language of origin can feed into the imposed identity and how it impacts their sense of self.
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