Between the bookends: what else matters other than attendance and economic development in remote education?

Between the bookends: what else matters other than attendance and economic development in remote education? Conference Paper

Australian Education Union Federal Conference

  • Author(s): Sam Osborne
  • Published: 2014

Abstract: We know that attendance rates are poor in very remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schools as a cohort. Everyone is keen to see remote student attendance and learning outcomes improve. The evidence suggests that heavily attendance-focused strategies do not necessarily improve very remote student attendance and that improved attendance accounts for very little in improvements in measures such as NAPLAN scores. This raises two important questions I’d like to offer here for reflection: “If not just truancy officers, then what else can we do in remote education?” And, “If NAPLAN is a poor measure of success in remote schooling, then what constitutes a good remote education and how can we tell it’s working?”

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Sam Osborne, 2014, Between the bookends: what else matters other than attendance and economic development in remote education?, Conference Paper, viewed 16 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=2938.

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