ERIC Number: EJ1030156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Students with Special Educational Needs in Secondary Education: Are They Intending to Learn or to Leave?
Pijl, Sip Jan; Frostad, Per; Mjaavatn, Per Egil
European Journal of Special Needs Education, v29 n1 p16-28 2014
During their secondary school years, a considerable number of students seriously consider choosing between learning and leaving. Leaving school early means that students do not complete their education. Early school leaving is the last step in a process in which students gradually lose interest and develop the intention to leave school. This study focuses on students with special needs and the impact of their social relations with parents, teachers and peers on their intentions to leave school early. The sample for this study comprises 1873 typical students and 132 students with special needs aged 16 from secondary schools in a large region of Norway. The intention to leave early can be predicted by teacher support and by loneliness as an indicator for peer support. The findings suggest that especially peer support is, for all students, a key variable in staying motivated for school. For students with special needs, teacher support is also important to stay in school in the early years. Over time, however, the support from teachers becomes less important for students with special needs. They too become more dependent on support from peers.
Descriptors: Special Education, Special Needs Students, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Dropouts, Parent Child Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Peer Relationship, Student Motivation, Psychological Patterns, Prediction, Intention, Regression (Statistics)
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway