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