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

By Rebekah L. Chapman, Lisa Buckley, Mary C. Sheehan and Ian M. Shochet


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

Topics: teachers, school connectedness, risk-taking, injury, adolescents
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.1080/09518398.2013.771225
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