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Youth Returning To School: Identities Imposed, Enacted, Resisted, And Explored, Susan Bickerstaff Aug 2010

Youth Returning To School: Identities Imposed, Enacted, Resisted, And Explored, Susan Bickerstaff

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While high school attrition is a critical issue in the ongoing effort to reduce disparities in educational equity across race and class, rhetoric on the “high school dropout crisis” frequently overlooks the large number of students who reenroll in school or earn their credentials in alternative schools or GED programs. The number of youth and young adults who have returned to school in alternative education settings is growing, but we know little about these students and why they persist. This year-long study explored the experiences, expectations, and identities of nine adolescents who returned to school in a community college-based program ...