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How can we enhance enjoyment of secondary school?: the student view

Gorard, Stephen and See, Beng Huat (2010) How can we enhance enjoyment of secondary school?: the student view. British Educational Research Journal. ISSN 0141-1926 (Submitted)

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This paper considers enjoyment of formal education for young people aged 14 to 16,largely from their own perspective, based on the view of around 3,000 students in England. The data includes documentary analysis, official statistics, interviews and surveys with staff and students. Enjoyment of school tends to be promoted by factors such as successful social relationships, small classes, variation in learning, and students having some control of their learning. Enjoyment tends to be inhibited by perceived lack of respect or concern by teaching staff and passive pedagogy. For some disengaged students, a work or college environment with more adult relationships appears to restore enjoyment and enthusiasm. Enjoyment, unlike attainment for example, is not particularly stratified by the standard student background variables. Nor is there evidence of a clear school effect. This means that enjoyment should be easy to enhance more widely, positively affecting the learner identities of all young people, including the more reluctant learners.

Type of Work:Article
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:School of Education
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Copyright Holders:Taylor & Francis
ID Code:635
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