Aboriginal non-attendance at school: Revisiting the debate
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of Education / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications
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.