Title

How important are school and interpersonal student characteristics in determining later adolescent school connectedness, by school sector?

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Australian Council for Educational Research

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Exercise, Biomedical & Health Science/Child Health Promotion Research Centre

RAS ID

10147

Comments

This article was originally published as: Waters, S. K., Cross, D. S., & Shaw, T. M. (2010). How important are school and interpersonal student characteristics in determining later adolescent school connectedness, by school sector?. Australian Journal of Education, 54(2), 223-243. Original article available here

Abstract

The extent to which students feel connected to their school is a powerful predictor of many health, social and academic outcomes. These outcomes are also influenced by other factors including characteristics of the school such as its size, policies and practices, but how do these characteristics modify the relationship between a student and his or her later school connectedness? This article draws on Western Australian data describing 5159 students from 39 schools who were tracked for the first two years of their secondary schooling. Controlling for interpersonal predictors of adolescent connectedness, the extent to which school characteristics, represented by school sector, modified later school connectedness was assessed using random intercept multi-level models. Significant interactions between school and individual student characteristics of interpersonal relationships as well as mental health were found for later school connectedness, suggesting the sector to which a school belongs influences a student's sense of connectedness to school.

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