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A 'melting pot': challenging student behaviour in the United Kingdom's further education sector

A 'melting pot': challenging student behaviour in the United Kingdom's further education sector

Zaman, Abu ORCID: 0009-0000-4046-3083 (2023) A 'melting pot': challenging student behaviour in the United Kingdom's further education sector. Safer Communities, 23 (1). pp. 70-85. ISSN 1757 8043 (Print), 2042-8774 (Online) (doi:

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Purpose: Challenging behaviour among school pupils has been the focus of extensive research in the UK and beyond; however, there has been a lack of recent comparable research on these issues in the further education (FE) sector. This paper reports the findings from a larger PhD research examining the introduction of interventions based on restorative justice implemented in colleges. This study focuses on the extent and nature of challenging student behaviour, as explained and understood by the students and staff.
Design/Methodology/Approach: I employed an interpretivist exploratory case study design and mixed qualitative research methods. The institute considered in the case study, Restorative College (pseudonymised), has education provisions for students aged 16+ years and enrols over 16,000 students annually. In the academic year 2017/18, Restorative College committed itself to becoming a 'restorative' institution. Data collection consisted of three stages (including semistructured interviews, analyses of institutional policy documents, and focus group discussions) and was conducted over 14 months.
Findings: The extent and nature of challenging student behaviours in the FE sector are significant and merit further research and analysis to support policy development.
Research Limitations/Implications: Given the research methods adopted (single case study and qualitative research), the findings do not necessarily represent experiences across the FE sector.
Originality/Value: This study emphasises the need to expand research on challenging behaviour in the FE sector, which has been limited thus far, also making a contribution in this direction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: behaviour; crime; exclusion; education; further education; colleges; restorative justice
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2024 12:28

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