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Session
K1: Keynote: Emer Smyth
Time:
Tuesday, 09/Jan/2024:
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: Burke Theatre

Trinity College Dublin Arts Building Capacity 400

School effects on broader adolescent development: evidence from Ireland

Session Abstract

Research on school effects generally focuses on academic outcomes, mainly, how long young people stay in full-time education and how they perform in tests and examinations. Where research looks at other outcomes, it tends to show that schools make less of a difference to non-cognitive outcomes. However, non-cognitive outcomes have often included very different dimensions such as self-image, self-efficacy and effort, which may reflect very different processes. This keynote address attempts to extend the discussion to look at how schools may influence broader adolescent development, including wellbeing and health behaviours. It draws on research in the Irish context, where there is a long-standing tradition of pastoral care for students within schools. The paper looks at the extent to which levels of socio-emotional difficulties, depressive symptoms and healthy behaviours vary across individual secondary schools. It focuses in particular on whether the composition of the student population influences adolescent wellbeing, over and above the effects of individual social background. Given the continued prevalence of single-sex schooling in Ireland, it also examines whether the gender mix of students in a school can influence adolescent development. The paper seeks to highlight implications for future provision and leadership development at school level in order to enhance the broader development of young people.


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