This is a unique and exciting book that challenges traditional conceptions of middle years provision. It should be read by policy-makers, educators and researchers alike.'
Jackie Marsh, University of Sheffield
Carrington's analysis of contemporary youth and the lives that they bring to school is significant. This stage of education is fundamental to understanding how we might engage learners, and her sensitive and insightful analysis makes a major contribution to our understandings about how these years resonate with their needs and interests.'
Professor Nicola Yelland, Victoria University
Despite two decades of research and reform, schools across the Western world still struggle to engage their students in the middle years. But does this mean there is a youth crisis? And what do technology and risk have to do with it?
Victoria Carrington argues for the need to move beyond developmentally based models to see middle years pedagogy in historical, social, economic and political contexts. Setting research from Australia alongside international experience, she emphasises the importance of understanding the risk society, and young peoples' immersion in digital technologies and consumer culture. She shows how teachers and schools can use this understanding to work more effectively with early adolescents, and how policy-makers and education leaders could reshape the middle years reform agenda to improve professional practice and student outcomes.
Table of Contents
1. Changing contexts
2. Constructions of the young
3. Digital cultures and early adolescents
4. What is middle years provision?
5. Australia: Creating a space for the middle years
6. Middle years provision in Australia
7. Key issues in classroom provision
8. Effective middle years practice
9. Moving forward
Victoria Carrington is Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Education at the University of Plymouth. She has also taught at the University of Queensland, and has published widely on emergent literacies, new technologies and early adolescent cultures.