ERIC Number: EJ1090229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Meaningful Education for Returning-to-School Students in a Comprehensive Upper Secondary School in Iceland
Jóhannesson, Ingólfur Ásgeir; Bjarnadóttir, Valgerður S.
Critical Studies in Education, v57 n1 p70-83 2016
Dropout from upper secondary education in Iceland is higher than in the neighboring countries, but varied options to re-enter school have also been on offer. This article focuses on how students, who had returned to a selected upper secondary school after having quit in one or more other schools, benefited from an innovative pedagogical approach used in the school. The article draws upon interviews, in which the interviewees expressed their pleasure with the school, reporting three main assets of its pedagogy: firstly, a supportive school ethos and student-teacher relationships expressed by the ways in which teachers worked, and also in teachers' views towards students; secondly, an online learning platform, used by all teachers, which the students could use to structure their studies; and thirdly, the use of formative assessment and no final end-of-term examinations. This pedagogy comprises a whole school approach, and the article concludes that such a school culture and practice enables teenagers and young adults to exercise their right to re-enter academic upper secondary education, which prepares for college, rather than directing them to an industry vocational or practical study program they take little or no interest in.
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Dropouts, Reentry Students, Foreign Countries, Instructional Innovation, Teaching Methods, Teacher Student Relationship, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Online Courses, Formative Evaluation, School Culture, College Preparation, Student Interests, Educational Strategies, Secondary School Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Iceland