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Community beliefs about rural and regional education and studentsí school completion


Watson, J and Wright, S and Beswick, K and Allen, JM and Hay, I and Cranston, N, Community beliefs about rural and regional education and students' school completion, Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 27, (3) pp. 1-20. ISSN 1839-7387 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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School completion to the end of Year 12 in rural, regional, and disadvantaged communities is an acknowledged challenge in Australia and internationally. This research reports the beliefs of 86 rural and regional community leaders in the Australian state of Tasmania. A survey on issues associated with studentsí school completion was designed specifically for community members, and responded to by the study participants. Findings that emerged from the data analysis included that participants were on average quite positive about the capability of students in the community and the potential for business/organisation links with schools. Some concern was expressed, however, about bullying in schools and students having well-formed plans for their futures after finishing school. This study provides a benchmark for future research with community members on their beliefs about issues related to studentsí educational aspirations and studentsí continuation in school. It has implications for policy makers, school leaders, and teachers at a national and international level.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:community beliefs, school retention, rural & regional Tasmania, rural education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
UTAS Author:Wright, S (Mrs Suzie Wright)
UTAS Author:Beswick, K (Professor Kim Beswick)
UTAS Author:Hay, I (Professor Ian Hay)
UTAS Author:Cranston, N (Professor Neil Cranston)
ID Code:122406
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP110200828)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-11-13
Last Modified:2018-06-21

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