'I want to be here': Early school leavers re-engage in study at TAFE

Sara Murray, Jane Mitchell

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Abstract

In this paper, young people enrolled in foundation skills courses compare their experiences at TAFE with their experiences at school. Interviews were conducted with 30 early school leavers who were enrolled in foundation skills courses at two TAFE campuses. The students spoke with passion about their often-negative experiences of school and, in contrast, their positive experiences at TAFE. They highlighted the greater flexibility and freedom, the respectful relationships with teachers and peers, and the opportunities for academic achievement at TAFE. The research demonstrates the important role that foundation courses at TAFE can play in re-engaging young people with education and learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-20
Number of pages8
JournalYouth Studies Australia
Volume32
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

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