Alternative Schooling, Social Justice and Marginalised Students

Teaching and Learning in an Alternative Music School

  • Stewart Riddle
  • David Cleaver

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Alternative Education book series (PSAE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Stewart Riddle, David Cleaver
    Pages 1-24
  3. Stewart Riddle, David Cleaver
    Pages 25-47
  4. Stewart Riddle, David Cleaver
    Pages 49-70
  5. Stewart Riddle, David Cleaver
    Pages 71-92
  6. Stewart Riddle, David Cleaver
    Pages 93-109
  7. Stewart Riddle, David Cleaver
    Pages 111-125
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 127-129

About this book


This book examines the experiences and perspectives of students and teachers at an alternative music school, which caters for young learners who have been marginalised and disenfranchised from mainstream schooling. The school utilises a rich music-infused curriculum that connects to the lives of its students, alongside a democratic ethos and ethic of care for members of the school community, including the students, teachers, and parents. The combination of personal narratives together with detailed critical discussion, provides a compelling argument for how schools can make a major difference to the lives of young people. The case study presented in this book offers one potential response to the institutionalised social and educational inequities that young people continue to face, and highlights the important lessons from alternative schooling for education more broadly. It will be of particular interest to researchers in the areas of education and sociology, especially those concerned with matters of social justice and equity in education.


Alternative education Sociology of education Education and minorities creativity and arts education alternative music school marginalised students alternative schooling disenfranchised students

Authors and affiliations

  • Stewart Riddle
    • 1
  • David Cleaver
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Teacher Education and Early ChildhoodUniversity of Southern QueenslandSpringfield CentralAustralia
  2. 2.School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist EducationUniversity of Southern QueenslandSpringfield CentralAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-58989-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-58990-9
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