Title

Aboriginal Non-Attendance at School:Revisiting the Debate.

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

AARE

Faculty

Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

School

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

RAS ID

1266

Comments

This article was originally published as: Gray, J., Beresford, Q. (2002). Aboriginal non-attendance at school:revisiting the debate. The Australian Educational Researcher, 29(1), 27-40.Original article available here

Abstract

Non-attendance at school among significant numbers of Aboriginal students has been officially recognised as a major problem since at least the mid 1980s. This article reviews the findings from recent literature on non-attendance within the context of a case study in Perth, Western Australia. Data for the study was obtained from a questionnaire of service providers and district-wide statistics on non-attendance. From this data the following have been identified: the various forms of non-attendance, causal factors associated with non-attendance, and limitations in service provision. Implications relating to policy development are also discussed.