Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2006

Full Length Research Paper

Challenging segregational practices in a Spanish secondary school: Results from an ethnographic research

Joan-Anton Sanchez-Valero*
  • Joan-Anton Sanchez-Valero*
  • Department of Teaching and Learning and Educational Organization, University of Barcelona, Spain.
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Paulo Padilla-Petry
  • Paulo Padilla-Petry
  • Department of Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education, University of Barcelona, Spain.
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  •  Received: 28 July 2016
  •  Accepted: 27 September 2016
  •  Published: 10 October 2016


This article presents partial results of a multi-sited ethnographic study about the role of multiple literacies in young people’s learning in and outside school. In one of the five participant secondary schools, fourth grade students were segregated in groups according to their special needs. We start with a critical review on segregated and inclusive education. Subsequently, we describe our ethnographic research about learning practices in and outside secondary schools with students in their last year of compulsory education. The results present the relationships between students who were either “failing” or “being successful” in school as well as the institutional reaction to our inclusive experience.

Key words: Collaborative practices, ethnographic study, school segregation, young people.