Publication
Title
School staff's views on causes of early school leaving in regular secondary and adult education : identifying the role of individual, job-related and school climate characteristics
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Abstract
Understanding early school leaving (ESL) remains a key issue on political and academic agendas. Most research focuses on the experiences of young people who intend to leave or have left school early without a qualification from secondary education. In addition, most studies focus on regular secondary schools. We aim to add to this literature by studying how school staff in regular secondary and adult education schools explain ESL, and to understand how both groups' views differ. We also study whether school climate has an effect on the explanations of ESL given by staff. We analysed survey data collected in Flanders (northern part of Belgium) among 780 staff members using exploratory factor analysis and multilevel modelling. Findings indicate that staff in adult education have moderate views on the causes of ESL compared to staff in regular education. Staff in adult education have a strong focus on student-focused explanations for ESL, rather than on contextual or systemic explanations. Future research could delve deeper into the impact of school characteristics, conduct more cross-comparative research and/or include more views on diversity. Policymakers could prioritise the follow-up of ESL, including feedback mechanisms to inform school staff on reasons why individual students decided to leave school early.
Language
English
Source (journal)
British educational research journal / Europa publications limited. - Supplement
Publication
Hoboken : Wiley , 2023
ISSN
0141-1926
DOI
10.1002/BERJ.3948
Volume/pages
(2023) , p. 1-19
ISI
001126908000001
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Project info
Reducing Early School Leaving in the EU (RESL.eu).
Publication type
Subject
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Last edited 12.01.2024
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