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A Critical Examination of the Discourse of Youth ‘Disaffection’

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By: Mohamed Moustakim Published: 2015 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases
Methods: Focus groups
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Abstract

This case study reports on a doctoral research project conducted in a school using critical discourse analysis to examine the discourse of youth ‘disaffection’. The study aimed to identify how some students acquired the label ‘disaffected’ and considered the extent to which the quality of relationships between teachers and students contributed to their disconnection from learning. Drawing on Norman Fairclough's (2003) approach to critical discourse analysis, excerpts from transcripts of a combination of focus group and semi-structured one-to-one interviews with six students, a teacher and a learning mentor were chosen for closer analysis, on the basis of their salience to the main research questions. Teachers' narratives largely attributed students' disconnection from learning to their cognitive, emotional and behavioural deficits or the negative influence of their ...

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