Marking time or moving on: Student perceptions of school life in year 8 and their attributions for their success and failure in learning

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Marking time or moving on: Student perceptions of school life in year 8 and their attributions for their success and failure in learning

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dc.contributor.author Chedzoy, Susan M. en_GB
dc.contributor.author Burden, Robert en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-12T09:15:01Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:51:38Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T16:40:47Z
dc.date.issued 2007-05 en_GB
dc.description.abstract This paper reports on the changing perceptions of the educational experiences of students as they move through the school system in one secondary school in South West England. As part of a longitudinal study students were asked to express their thoughts and feelings about life in Year 8, which is considered by some as a year in which little progress is made and there is a ‘falling off’ of attitudes to learning. Students were asked to give their opinions about their learning experiences in Year 8, and whether they still enjoyed the subjects they had been looking forward to prior to transfer to the secondary school. They were also asked for the reasons they attributed to doing well or not doing well at school. Their views about the usefulness of homework were sought, and they offered ideas of how they thought its’ usefulness could be improved. The results revealed that the majority of students in this large secondary school did not feel that they were ’marking time’ and that they were working harder and learning more than they did in Year 7. In this respect these findings did not support those of previous studies concerning students’ commitment and motivation to their learning in Year 8. The research revealed gender differences with regard to their perceived reasons for doing more or less well at school and to what they attributed success or failure in their learning. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 77(1), pp.31-45 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/42273 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Manchester University Press en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/manup/rie/2007/00000077/00000001/art00003 en_GB
dc.subject school life en_GB
dc.subject Year 8 en_GB
dc.subject learning experiences en_GB
dc.subject secondary school en_GB
dc.title Marking time or moving on: Student perceptions of school life in year 8 and their attributions for their success and failure in learning en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-12-12T09:15:01Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:51:38Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T16:40:47Z
dc.identifier.issn 0034-5237 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Research in Education en_GB


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