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Title: A realistic evaluation of transition programmes in two secondary schools in a small multi-cultural city in the Midlands : how are the needs of vulnerable young people met during the transition from primary to secondary school?
Author: McAlister, Judith Emma
ISNI:       0000 0004 2730 539X
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2012
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Background: The transition from primary to secondary school marks a potentially problematic experience for young people who have special educational needs, for those who are socially marginalised or thought to be vulnerable for a range of alternative reasons (Jindal-Snape and Miller, 2008). The research literature has primarily concentrated on the effects of transition on young people, without exploring what works for whom and in what ways. Purpose of the Research: The aim of the research thesis is to explore how two individual transition programmes meet the needs of vulnerable young people prior to, during and after the transfer to secondary school. The research will ask: “What are the contextual factors and the mechanisms by which transition programmes lead to successful transition outcomes for vulnerable young people?” Methodology: The research will utilise a mixed methods design comprising a comparative Realistic Evaluation methodology (Pawson and Tilley, 1997). Data related to students’ and staff views of the transition process was obtained through focus group and semi-structured interview methods, and outcome data, measuring the degree of successful transition for participants, was conducted using two standardised questionnaires: the School Children’s Happiness Inventory (Ivens, 2007) and the Psychological Sense of School Membership Scale (Goodenow, 1993). The psychological mechanisms which were triggered by the transition programmes were extracted using a Realistic Evaluation approach, and a series of seven Programme Theories was developed. The thesis concludes with a consideration of the limitations of the study before outlining implications for transition practice in schools and for Educational Psychology practice.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.App.Ed.Ch.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: L Education (General) ; LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools