Indigenous students' increasing risk of grade repetition in early schooling

Anderson, Robyn (2012) Indigenous students' increasing risk of grade repetition in early schooling. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 41 (2). pp. 196-207.

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Abstract

The current study considers grade repetition rates in the early years of school, Prep to Year 3, in Queensland state schools, of which there is a significant gap in the Australian research literature. Data accessed from the Queensland Government's Department of Education and Training (DET), shows that particular groups of students are more at risk of being repeated in the Preschool/Prep year. These groups include boys and until recently, Non-Indigenous students. However, the most recent data collected in 2009 shows that Indigenous students are more at risk of being repeated in all early years of schooling. As grade repetition has been shown to have limited value, it remains a concern that this intervention practice continues to be offered to students, and in particular Indigenous students, who may already be educationally disadvantaged. While grade repetition rates are low in Queensland state schools, the possible negative academic, social and emotional consequences for students who are repeated warrants serious re-evaluation of this long-term, early intervention practice in Australian schools.

Item ID: 23305
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1326-0111
Keywords: Indigenous students, grade repetition, early intervention, early childhood education, prep
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2013 00:03
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development @ 25%
13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 25%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 50%
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