Students' Experiences and Perspectives on Secondary Education

Institutions, Transitions and Policy

  • Emer Smyth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 221-240

About this book


This book explores the experiences of young people as they move through the Irish secondary educational system. Drawing on a rich study which combines survey data with in-depth interviews with students, it addresses the key facets of schooling which influence young people’s experiences. With chapters organised thematically, including ability grouping, school climate and the impact of high stakes examinations, the central dimensions of school structure and process is explored. Placing young people’s voices centre stage, it explores how they respond to the school context and make decisions that will profoundly affect their future. This book contrasts different types of school settings and examines how gender and social class play out at the school level. 


Student voice School effect School climate Transitions Ability groupings Gender Social Class High Stakes Examinations Longitudinal Mixed Methods education higher education policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Emer Smyth
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  1. 1.Social Research DivisionEconomic and Social Research InstituteDublinIreland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-49384-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-49385-9
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