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The transition from primary to secondary school: Teachers' perspectives


Hopwood, B and Hay, I and Dyment, J, The transition from primary to secondary school: Teachers' perspectives, Australian Educational Researcher, 43, (3) pp. 289-307. ISSN 0311-6999 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s13384-016-0200-0


The transition from primary school to secondary school has long been recognised as one of the most challenging times in a young adolescent studentsí education, particularly in regard to their academic achievement. Research evidence from the last 30 years has identified a consistent pattern in studentsí academic achievement across transition, suggesting that student achievement stalls or even declines in the first year of secondary school. The focus of this research was to identify teachersí perceptions of the best practices to prepare students for a successful transition to secondary school. The findings were based on 12 one-on-one interviews with primary (Year 6) and secondary (Year 7) teachers. Teachersí responses were analysed qualitatively through a process of thematic analysis. Findings from the research identified three key methods which primary and secondary school teachers believed were essential for facilitating successful transition experiences for students: curriculum continuity and awareness, communication between primary and secondary schools, and adequate teacher support.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:transition, secondary school, primary school, academic achievement
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Hopwood, B (Ms Belinda Hopwood)
UTAS Author:Hay, I (Professor Ian Hay)
UTAS Author:Dyment, J (Associate Professor Janet Dyment)
ID Code:108694
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-05-04
Last Modified:2017-11-20

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