What counts? The influence of school attendance on Australia’s urban Indigenous students’ educational achievement

What counts? The influence of school attendance on Australia’s urban Indigenous students’ educational achievement Journal Article

The Australian Educational Researcher

  • Author(s): Baxter, Lindy P., Meyers, Noel M.
  • Published: 2019
  • ISBN: 2210-5328

Abstract: Formal primary and secondary school education for all students should provide a pathway to overcome inequality and disadvantage. Logically, attending school regularly and often during the compulsory years of school provides the best prospects to achieve educational success and enhance post-school opportunities, particularly for socioeconomically disadvantaged students. However, recent research of Indigenous students living in remote regions of Australia suggests school attendance frequency has little, or no correlation with academic success or failure. Our study of a disadvantaged urban school population also showed no attendance and achievement relationship at student-level for Indigenous students (or non-Indigenous peers). The findings of this study highlight the generally accepted relationship between attendance and achievement does not apply universally for all students. Many factors have potential to influence for Indigenous students’ capacity for educational achievement. We need further research to ensure Indigenous education policy and strategies for improved student outcomes target what matters most.

  • Urls: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-019-00300-y
  • Keywords: Indigenous education, School attendance, Educational achievement, NAPLAN testing, Urban Indigenous students, Urban Indigenous populations, Remote education, Urban education, Aboriginal students, Australia

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Baxter, Lindy P., Meyers, Noel M., 2019, What counts? The influence of school attendance on Australia’s urban Indigenous students’ educational achievement, Journal Article, viewed 16 October 2019, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=14557.

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