‘Staying on’ research project <br />UWS and DET in partnership – ARC funded <br />Longitudinal study -3 years (2009, 2010, 2011) with participants initially in Years 7, 8 & 9, from nine schools<br />Surveys initially with 1966 students – and <br />Interviews with ‘disengaged’ students over 3 years <br />Interviews with staff<br />Document Analysis (e.g.: ASR and School plan)<br />
Turning points <br />Early disengagement need not be permanent – many turn around and become engaged<br />
Kate’s story <br />Hairdressing was her goal<br />Leaving at end of Yr 10 was her plan<br />Now she aims to go as far as she can<br />
Why? How?<br />Why do students ‘turn around’ & become engaged?<br />What does it take? How do students re-engage?<br />
Jackson<br />I decided to hang out with a better group …<br />I had to change myself a lot to fit in with them” <br />
Engagement has three dimensions <br /><ul><li>emotional
cognitive </li></li></ul><li>Use attractive short-term goals to create engagement<br /><ul><li>Do it with them not to them
What are their dreams right now? </li></li></ul><li>
Build self-esteem and engagement Create a pathways to future learning <br />
What can schools and teachers do? <br />Teacher respect is hugely important<br />Individual support for students who need it <br />Recalibrate your expectations <br />Elective s / early start on VET<br />Support the slow road to completion<br />
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