Title

Students at risk: Can connections make a difference?

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies

Faculty

Education and Arts

School

Communications and Arts, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications

RAS ID

4876

Comments

This article was originally published as: Kabir, N., & Rickards, T. (2006). Students at risk: can connections make a difference?. Youth Studies Australia, 25(4), 17. Original available here

Abstract

The ARC-funded Smart Communities research project in Western Australia was designed to investigate and provide directions 'for improvement in the life choices available to children and young people at risk in remote, rural and urban areas of Western Australia'. Part of the project involved examining the life stories of 21 at-risk students, including recent African refugees, immigrants, Aborigines and 'established' Australians. This paper considers students' hopes and aspirations, family and community connections, the contribution of cultural influences toward their welfare and the degree of optimism felt by the youngsters.