London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

The meaning behind studying and the value of teaching in higher secondary school: A new commitment against early school-leaving

Author(s) Chistolini, S.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
This research carried out in some higher secondary school classes highlights the gap between the way students understand studying and the value the teachers ascribe to teaching. According to the students, teachers are not capable of arousing young people’s interest in studying and culture; they do not update their teaching methods and are more concerned with the study programmes than dealing with human relations and the experiences of living of the class. On the other hand, teachers judge themselves positively; they find they know how to do their job well, know how to give all of the necessary explanations and know how to appreciate the specificities of each student. Comparative analysis of the data on a European level opens the debate about the similarities of the study experience perceived by young people and differences of the educational proposals thought out by teachers. Key words: Secondary school, Comparative research, Competences, Study experience

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