The Australian Educational Researcher

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 27–42

Aboriginal non-attendance at school: Revisiting the debate

  • Jan Gray
  • Quentin Beresford
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF03219768

Cite this article as:
Gray, J. & Beresford, Q. Aust. Educ. Res. (2002) 29: 27. doi:10.1007/BF03219768

Abstract

Non-attendance at school among significant numbers of Aboriginal students has been officially recognised as a major problem since at least the mid 1980s. This article reviews the findings from recent literature on non-attendance within the context of a case study in Perth, Western Australia. Data for the study was obtained from a questionnaire of service providers and district-wide statistics on non-attendance. From this data the following have been identified: the various forms of non-attendance, causal factors associated with non-attendance, and limitations in service provision. Implications relating to policy development are also discussed.

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© Australian Association for Research in Education 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Gray
    • 1
  • Quentin Beresford
    • 1
  1. 1.Edith Cowan UniversityAustralia