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Motivational patterns in disaffected school students: insights from pupil referral unit clients

Solomon, Yvette and Rogers, Colin (2001) Motivational patterns in disaffected school students: insights from pupil referral unit clients. British educational research journal, 27 (3). pp. 331-345. ISSN 1469-3518

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Abstract

This small-scale study investigated perceptions of the circumstances of pupils registered with Pupil Referral Units. Questionnaires were administered to all pupils registered, covering a range of perceptions of their current circumstances, history and prospects. The questionnaire also contained scales from the Patterns of Adaptive Learning Survey, enabling assessments of pupil motivation. Interviews were conducted with a sample of pupils and practitioners who work with them. These included school teachers, tutorial centre teachers, and service managers. The article explores the variety of views expressed and concludes that there is little evidence to support the claim that disaffection experienced by these pupils is the result of an inappropriate curriculum. Rather, it reflects a deficiency of motivational and coping strategies perhaps not best dealt with in 'out-of-school' contexts.

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