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Student perceptions of learning challenges in year 7


Ludicke, P and Muir, T and Swabey, K, Student perceptions of learning challenges in year 7, Australian Educational Researcher, 48 pp. 303-319. ISSN 0311-6999 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s13384-020-00397-6


This paper explores student perceptions regarding their learning in year 7, with a focus on challenges they experienced midway through their first year of secondary school. The study used a predominantly qualitative approach to collect data from a cohort of 178 students attending an Australian secondary school. The cohort completed a survey asking students to identify challenges with schoolwork and strategies that might be helpful. Data were processed by coding all responses for a content analysis before conducting a thematic analysis on the coded data. Students were concerned about their understanding of and connection to curriculum and identified challenges in managing tasks in the time allocated. They indicated that improving their organisational skills and focus might assist them. However, thematic analysis results indicated that a lack of connection to the curriculum had an impact on the studentsí confidence as learners.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:learner confidence, academic achievement, transition, curriculum, year 7 students
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ludicke, P (Ms Penelope Ludicke)
UTAS Author:Muir, T (Associate Professor Tracey Muir)
UTAS Author:Swabey, K (Professor Karen Swabey)
ID Code:138860
Year Published:2021 (online first 2020)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-05-05
Last Modified:2021-09-28
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