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ERIC Number: EJ778003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
Marking Time or Moving On: Student Perceptions of School Life in Year 8 and Their Attributions for Their Success and Failure in Learning
Chedzoy, S. M.; Burden, R. L.
Research in Education, v77 p31-45 May 2007
This article reports on the changing perceptions of the educational experiences of students as they move through the school system in one secondary school in south-west England. As part of a longitudinal study students were asked to express their thoughts and feelings about life in year 8, often considered a year in which little progress is made and there is a "falling off" of attitudes to learning. Students were asked to give their opinions about their learning experiences in year 8, and whether they still enjoyed the subjects they had been looking forward to prior to transfer to the secondary school. They were also asked for the reasons they attributed to doing well or not doing well at school. Their views about the usefulness of homework were sought, and they offered suggestions for improving its usefulness. The majority of students in this large secondary school felt that they were not "marking time" and that they were working harder and learning more than they did in year 7. The research revealed gender differences with regard to the reasons for doing more or less well at school. (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)