London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Gender discrimination and learning disabilities as the main reasons of dropping-out of basic education: A retrospective study in the context of Second-Chance School in Greece

Author(s) Michail, D. & Anastasiou, D.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2010  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship  
Age group -  
This pilot study examines the dropping-out reasons of basic education over the last four decades in Greece. Participants of our study were 102 adult students at two Second–Chance Schools (SCSs) in the region of Western Macedonia. Ethnographic data gathered through students’ interviews and participant observation, as well as school records and writing assessments were combined in a mixed methods design. The findings suggest that the reasons of dropping-out can be classified in two major categories, related to gender discrimination and learning disabilities (behaviour problems included), and two minor ones, related to socioeconomic factors and an inhospitable school environment. Suggestions for future research are considered. Key words: dropping-out, basic education, gender discrimination, learning disabilities, Second–Chance Schools

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