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ERIC Number: EJ895753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0313-7155
The High School Experience: What Students Say
Groves, Robin; Welsh, Bridie
Issues in Educational Research, v20 n2 p87-104 2010
Increasingly it is recognised that high school students' views about learning and school experiences are important considerations in education. Students' insights are important as a basis for their active and productive involvement, and where there is a serious intention to improve students' learning. This paper reports on the learning and school experiences of fourteen Year 11 students at a high school in Perth, Western Australia. The students completed a survey and took part in small focus group discussions that sought to elicit their views, opinions and insights regarding their own learning and school experiences. Analysis of the data points to several factors that were seen influential in students' learning and school experiences, including: students' diverse needs, student voice, relationships, responsibility and control, and teacher qualities. The study reinforced the idea that students do hold well-articulated views about their own learning and school experience and when given the opportunity, they can and do express their insights and opinions clearly. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 11; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia