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ERIC Number: EJ883526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
The Schooling They Need: Voicing Student Perspectives on Their Fourth Year in Senior High School
Kirby, Dale; Gardner, Morgan
Canadian Journal of Education, v33 n1 p108-139 2010
This study used qualitative research methods to investigate the experiences of students who returned to senior high school for a fourth year in order to graduate. By drawing on student voices, this collaborative research partnership with students revealed that a fourth year of high school led to stigmatization and alienation of students and often did not address students' personal situations, their learning needs, or their need to graduate. Students identified desired changes in three areas: (a) school scheduling, flexibility, and graduation; (b) issues of teaching, learning, and curriculum; and (c) student desires for respect, belonging, and partnership. Implications of these findings for learners and educators are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada