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ERIC Number: EJ922233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
Early School-Leavers' Microtransitions: Towards a Competent Self
Bonica, Laura; Sappa, Viviana
Education & Training, v52 n5 p368-380 2010
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to discuss conditions in support of a Competent Self in the broader process of the school-work transition, particularly regarding early school-leavers. Design/methodology/approach: A total of 233 early school-leavers were followed in innovative and successful vocational training courses. Using a "quali-quantitative" research model, longitudinal and multilevel, the comparison between contexts (previous/current school attended) and experiences (school failure/success) was adopted as the basic unit of analysis and considerable attention was given to the personal reflexivity stimulated by the transition undertaken. Findings: The successful vocational training experience allowed the students to demonstrate commitment, competence and mastery motivation supported by the perception they were part of a project that was credible, shared and focused on a mutual investment in learning a job. The commitment and availability of the teachers and the testing of the "learning by doing" were the aspects that most strongly supported the construction of a Competent Self, in contrast with what the students perceived in the schools they had left. Research implications: The findings support the relevance of studying school-failure by valorising the perceived quality of the school experience especially in relation to the teaching-learning models adopted. Practical implications: Emphasis was placed on the conditions that could contribute to coping with the school failure phenomenon (especially regarding vocational school paths). Originality/value: The theoretical-methodological measures adopted contributed to overcoming some ambiguities that characterised the research on school failure, questioning the supposed weakness of the early school-leavers and highlighting school factors that contributed to students' engagement/disengagement, making the "school" (not only the students) "protective" or "at risk". (Contains 4 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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