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ERIC Number: ED218527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 90
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
School...A Take It or Leave It Thing: An Interview Survey of Grade 7, 10 and 12 Students and Dropouts.
Timmons, Beverly; Wolsk, David
Research has shown that between 20 to 40% of secondary school students feel they are wasting their time in school. A good proportion drop out; others stay on only because they have no better alternative. To determine whether the Greater Victoria (Canada) School District was meeting the needs of its students, 450 students in grades 7, 10 and 12 were surveyed. About half the students did not feel they had a good relationship with their teachers. Although 33% were satisfied with what they were learning, nearly 40% were getting far less than they wanted and had become progressively less motivated. Half the students reported that their courses were interesting, useful, or enjoyable. Almost all students in the alternative school programs felt that their needs were being met. The findings reveal variations among schools and a pattern of mixed low and high satisfaction with the schools' attempts to meet student needs. The appendices contain the complete questionnaire with results, a brief summary of findings from related studies, and a bibliography. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada
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