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ERIC Number: ED512541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-12
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Attitudes, Intentions and Participation in Education: Year 12 and Beyond. LSAY Briefing Number 20
Hillman, Kylie
Australian Council for Educational Research
A number of research studies have linked poor school performance to declining motivation to learn, disengagement from school and early leaving (Astone & McLanahan, 1991; Kaplan et al, 1997). Research into student engagement distinguishes between behavioural engagement (participation in school-related and extracurricular activities), emotional engagement (identification with and attitudes to school) and cognitive engagement (intrinsic or self-motivated learning). Both behavioural engagement and emotional engagement are associated with school completion, and it has been suggested that longitudinal research can assist in developing intervention strategies to prevent disengagement and school drop-out. In the LSAY (Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth) series, recent findings have demonstrated that that a positive orientation to school, active engagement in academic and extracurricular activities, and intentions to continue with study are all associated with completion of Year 12 and post school education. This "Briefing" explores the relationships between students' emotional and behavioural engagement--in the form of their attitudes to school, intentions to continue study and participation in extracurricular activities--and their later participation in education. This information is drawn from a number of LSAY research reports that have analysed data from two of the LSAY cohorts: students who were in Year 9 in 1995, and students who were in Year 9 in 1998. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures, and 1 box.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 8; Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A