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Pathways through the Junior Cycle: The Experiences of Second Year Students

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Pathways through the Junior Cycle: The Experiences of Second Year Students

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Explores students' experiences in the second year of the Junior Cycle in secondary school


The second year of the junior cycle has often been seen as one in which students drift. Students have settled into post-primary education but are not yet faced with the Junior Certificate examination. This book explores whether students do actually drift or disengage from schoolwork during second year, highlighting important differences among groups of students in terms of their individual characteristics and school experiences.

The book draws on students own accounts of second year to present a detailed picture of their life in school. It is based on an ongoing longitudinal study of post-primary students, building on the Moving Up study of first year students. It provides a unique insight into the way in which school and classroom experiences influence changing attitudes to school as students move through the junior cycle. It highlights what schools can do to enhance student learning and engagement and indicates issues for policy development. The book will be of interest to policy-makers, school management, teachers, parents and anyone with an interest in education.

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Author Darmody, Merike, Dunne, Allison, McCoy, Selina, Smyth, Emer
Editor No
Print Format Paperback
ISBN-10 1-904148-99-9
ISBN-13 n/a
Illustrations No
Date of Publication May 2006
Number of Pages 220

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