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Focus groups, Primary secondary transition, Student adjustment, Student empowerment, Primary school students,


Life Education Australia's Being Healthy Being Active project involved the collection of student voice related to the concept of school transition and the move from primary to secondary school. Students from around Australia participated in 82 focus groups, or student forums, to discuss their own positive experiences, as well as perceived needs and challenges related to their move to secondary school. Section One of this report is a literature review and environmental scan on student transition from primary to secondary school. Section Two describes the methods used to design and administer the Student Forums. This includes a description of the target population and sampling methods as well as the details of the achieved sample: 82 forums with 444 students across 15 schools. Section Three outlines the findings of the Student Forums. Section Four offers conclusions and recommendations to inform the next stage of the project, designing a suite of resources and training for teachers aimed at assisting students with the transition from primary to secondary school.

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Camberwell, Victoria


Australian Council for Educational Research





Geographic Subject

New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia

Infographic Transition to High School Student Voice.pdf (8312 kB)
Infographic Transition to High School: Student Voice


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