ERIC Number: EJ825050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
Transition into High School: A Phenomenological Study
Ganeson, Krishnaveni; Ehrich, Lisa C.
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v41 n1 p60-78 Feb 2009
Starting high school can be a challenging but also exciting time for students. The focus of this paper lies with students' experiences of transition into secondary school. Sixteen students from one government school in New South Wales kept a journal for their first ten weeks in high school as a way of recording their experiences. Their journal entries were studied utilising a phenomenological psychological approach following Giorgi (1985a, 1985b). The aim of this research approach is to produce clear and accurate descriptions of a particular aspect of human experience (Polkinghorne, 1989) in order to reveal the essential structure of the phenomenon under investigation. Emerging from the study were seven themes about transition: the pivotal role of peers in helping or hindering settling into high school; the place of school support through programs and activities; the challenges of new procedures; different types of learning activities; feelings of confidence and success that can enhance transitional experiences; the place of homework in the academic curriculum; and the role of teachers in affecting student integration into high school. The paper concludes by raising some important issues and implications for school based practitioners.
Descriptors: High Schools, Foreign Countries, Student Journals, Phenomenology, Educational Philosophy, High School Freshmen, Student Experience, Teacher Role, Peer Relationship, Educational Environment, Student Attitudes, Student Adjustment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia