Assessing the personal and emotional developmental outcomes of high-school students

Mergler, Amanda G. & Spooner-Lane, Rebecca S. (2008) Assessing the personal and emotional developmental outcomes of high-school students. Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 25(2), pp. 4-16.

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An examination of recent education policy and research demonstrates that the development of personal and emotional competence amongst Australian school students is a national priority (Commonwealth of Australia, 2005; Lewis & Frydenberg, 2002; Reid, 2006). In an attempt to determine whether high-schools are indeed supporting the personal and emotional development of young people, the present study investigated personal responsibility, emotional intelligence and self-esteem among a sample of year 11 public (n = 274) and private (n = 124) school students. The study found that all participants demonstrated high levels of personal responsibility and emotional intelligence, with no significant differences between the public and private school. Public and private school participants significantly differed on self-esteem, with private school participants reporting high levels of self-esteem (M = 30.36) and public school participants (M = 26.92) reporting moderate levels of self-esteem. There is a pervasive perception (in society) that private schools facilitate better personal and emotional development outcomes among students than public schools. Whilst findings are limited to results obtained from one public and one private school, the current study did not find evidence to support that the personal and emotional development of students is hindered in a public school environment.

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ID Code: 17832
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: private schools, public schools, personal responsibility, emotional intelligence, self-esteem, adolescents
ISSN: 0816-5122
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Australian Psychological Society
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2009 03:23
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:41

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