Teachers’ perceptions of school connectedness and risk-taking in adolescence

Chapman, Rebekah L., Buckley, Lisa, Sheehan, Mary C., & Shochet, Ian M. (2013) Teachers’ perceptions of school connectedness and risk-taking in adolescence. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

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School connectedness has been shown to be an important protective factor in adolescent development, which is associated with reduced risk-taking behaviour. Interventions to increase students’ connectedness to school commonly incorporate aspects of teacher training. To date, however, research on connectedness has largely been based on student survey data, with no reported research addressing teachers’ perceptions of students’ connectedness and its association with student behavior. This research attempted to address this gap in the literature through in depth interviews with 14 school teachers and staff from two Australian high schools. Findings showed that teachers perceived students’ connectedness to be important in regards to reducing problem behavior, and discussed aspects of connectedness, including fairness and discipline, feeling valued, belonging and having teacher support, and being successfully engaged in school, as being particularly important. This research enables the development of school-based intervention programs that are based on both student and teacher-focused research.

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ID Code: 58745
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: teachers, school connectedness, risk-taking, injury, adolescents
DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2013.771225
ISSN: 0951-8398
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education © 2013 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education is available online at: www.tandfonline.com
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2013 22:22
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2014 00:32

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