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ERIC Number: ED457513
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Pages: 30
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"The Best Thing I've Ever Done": Second Chance Education for Early School Leavers.
te Riele, Kitty
Young people who complete senior secondary education are less likely than early school leavers to be unemployed or employed in dead-end jobs. Nevertheless, in Australia around a quarter of the 15-19 year olds continue to leave school without senior high school qualifications. This paper reports on data collected at re-entry institutions in the greater Sydney region and describes their approach to education. It includes students' main reasons for returning; their experiences; opinions; and hopes for the future. Students especially like the quality of the teachers; the adult treatment they received; the atmosphere at the colleges; and the more reasonable rules and regulations at these institutions. The results of the survey showed that it is possible to educate alienated and disadvantaged people in more constructive ways. With a few number of minor changes, the senior colleges were able to re-engage students. The experience of students at the senior college demonstrated how it is more beneficial for some students to engage in a learning environment by choice when they are ready for it. Allowing students to leave education and come back at a later stage may increase retention. Economic goals of the government and these young people may benefit from such an approach. (Contains 53 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia