Journal article

Indigenous children's affective engagement with school: The influence of socio-structural, subjective and relational factors

Laura Dunstan, Belinda Hewitt, Wojtek Tomaszewski

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

In this study, Indigenous children’s affective engagement with primary school is examined in terms of feelings of involvement and belonging at school and towards education as a worthwhile pursuit. Previous Australian research has concentrated on Indigenous children’s education through attendance and school performance. Data from wave 6 of the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children are used to investigate the socio-structural, subjective and relational factors which influence affective engagement with school. Results show that good relationships with peers and teachers are positively associated with Indigenous children’s affective engagement. Negative feelings about Indigenous identity are..

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