ERIC Number: EJ1056259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Improving School Attendance: Can Participation in Outdoor Learning Influence Attendance for Young People with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties?
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v15 n2 p110-122 2015
The link between good attendance in school and academic performance has been acknowledged for some time now. However, improving school attendance for young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) or pupils at risk of exclusion can be a challenging task for educational leaders. This paper begins with a discussion of earlier studies on outdoor learning and school attendance. It adds to the discourse by presenting findings from a one-year outdoor learning programme situated within an English special school for young people with SEBD. The research reported here is part of a larger study that used an action research design. The paper concludes that although improvements in attendance can be achieved, the factors affecting attendance are complex and that improvements may be restricted to programmes that utilise an outdoor learning approach rather than being achievable across the whole school curriculum.
Descriptors: Attendance, Outdoor Education, Academic Achievement, Emotional Disturbances, Behavior Problems, Special Schools, Interpersonal Competence, At Risk Students, Action Research, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Correlation, Social Isolation, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)