The Transition From Junior Secondary School

2795 Words Sep 4th, 2014 12 Pages
The transition from Junior Secondary School to Senior School is one of the most significant and complex processes young people experience. They not only encounter the social and intellectual changes of this period of development, but are also faced with a myriad of factors which influence their lives after school completion, including making decisions regarding their future goals and aspirations (Kohler & Field, 2003; Tillecczek et al, 2010). One of the major issues that young people experience is a lack of understanding of what it is they want to do in the future and the learning pathways available for future success (Tilleczek et al 2010; Wyn, 2009). I recently overheard a conversation between secondary school students who reinforced this issue as they were discussing their future options. During the conversation, Sally McGregor, a Year 10 student, informed her friend that she was not achieving in her studies and could not envisage herself completing another two years of high school, however was unaware of what other options were available.

Sally lives in a single parent family since their separation earlier in the year. She receives little emotional or financial support from her father which could be attributing to her school results. Parental involvement in school is important for a child as they play an important role in the development of their self-determination, visions for the future and academic achievements (Kohler & Field, 2003; Hill & Taylor, 2004). Any changes…
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