Climbing over the rocks in the road to student engagement and learning in a challenging high school in Australia

Smyth, John and Fasoli, Lyn (2007) Climbing over the rocks in the road to student engagement and learning in a challenging high school in Australia. Educational Research, 49 (3). pp. 273-295. ISSN 1469-5847

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Abstract

There is increasing evidence that schools internationally are not meeting the needs of increasing numbers of young people, especially those at the secondary level, and whose backgrounds have placed them at disadvantage. The evidence is that significant numbers of young people are becoming disconnected from school. While the official term for this is ‘disengagement’, it seems that official educational policy responses to these tendencies, far from ‘fixing’ the problem, seem to be exacerbating it. Current policy preoccupations that emphasize accountability, greater parental choice of schools and a more prescriptive curriculum can present difficulties for young people, particularly those from challenging backgrounds. There may be a mismatch between formal educational policy, and the lived experiences at the level of the school and classroom for the most vulnerable young people.

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Keywords: Relationships; Relational power; Trust; Student-centred learning; Student engagement; Disadvantage
Field of Research: 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130106 Secondary Education
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2009 12:17
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2011 23:20
URI: http://eprints.batchelor.edu.au/id/eprint/1

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