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Note: this is a past research project that is now complete.
This project is an in-depth qualitative investigation of young
peoples' and school staff perspectives on school discipline
practices, associated experiences and the unintended consequences
of school exclusion, particularly suspensions. It is funded
by the Australian Research Council and forms part of the broader
IYDS program of research.
Individual interviews will be conducted with young people (n=50)
who are current students as well as those who are recent school
leavers. These young people will be purposively recruited to ensure
that a range of experiences with school discipline can be explored.
That is, while some of the young people interviewed will have been
suspended or expelled from school; others will have experienced
less serious disciplinary actions. Others still will have
experienced these practices more as observers and friends of young
people experiencing the actual disciplinary actions.
Additionally, a qualitative case-study approach will be used
with 9 schools involving individual interviews with principals and
focus groups with school staff. The purpose of these case studies
is to explore how individual schools approach school discipline, as
well as to investigate teachers' experiences of associated
The findings from this research will have
implications for school- and government-level policies determining
contemporary approaches to school discipline.
ARC Discovery Grant