School exclusion and educational inclusion of pregnant young women

Rudoe, N. 2014. School exclusion and educational inclusion of pregnant young women. Ethnography and Education. 9 (1), pp. 66-80.

TitleSchool exclusion and educational inclusion of pregnant young women
AuthorsRudoe, N.
Abstract

This article analyses the school exclusion and subsequent educational inclusion of pregnant young women participating in a course of antenatal and key skills education at an alternative educational setting. It examines the young women's transitions from ‘failure’ in school to ‘success’ in motherhood and re-engagement with education. This article draws on participant observation- and interview-based research carried out with pregnant young women and staff at an alternative educational setting in London in 2007–2008. The young women's participation in the course represented a severing of past negative experiences in mainstream education, allowing a renewed focus on education alongside a positive maternal identity. The setting represented a form of inclusion, and the young women appreciated the focus on their social and emotional well-being, yet the limited academic provision in some cases continued to reinforce an educational exclusion.

JournalEthnography and Education
Journal citation9 (1), pp. 66-80
ISSN1745-7823
Year2014
PublisherRoutledge
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/17457823.2013.828477
Publication dates
Published2014

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