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ERIC Number: EJ970635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9441
How Important Are School and Interpersonal Student Characteristics in Determining Later Adolescent School Connectedness, by School Sector?
Waters, Stacey K.; Cross, Donna; Shaw, Therese
Australian Journal of Education, v54 n2 p223-243 Aug 2010
The extent to which students feel connected to their school is a powerful predictor of many health, social and academic outcomes. These outcomes are also influenced by other factors including characteristics of the school such as its size, policies and practices, but how do these characteristics modify the relationship between a student and his or her later school connectedness? This article draws on Western Australian data describing 5159 students from 39 schools who were tracked for the first two years of their secondary schooling. Controlling for interpersonal predictors of adolescent connectedness, the extent to which school characteristics, represented by school sector, modified later school connectedness was assessed using random intercept multi-level models. Significant interactions between school and individual student characteristics of interpersonal relationships as well as mental health were found for later school connectedness, suggesting the sector to which a school belongs influences a student's sense of connectedness to school. (Contains 5 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia