Modelling a Continuum of Support
The Young Adolescent Engagement in Learning (YAEL) Model provides a holistic approach to the provision of support for young adolescent learners. Developed from an extensive review of the international literature, as well as extant student learning support initiatives and strategies for student engagement, the Model represents a unifying framework of best practice approaches, which serves the needs of those working in the fields of student engagement and retention. Development of the Model was also informed by findings from a large research study, including consultations and interviews with a range of key stakeholders, in an Australian educational jurisdiction. This chapter first describes the methodological approach used to develop the Model and then discusses the overarching dimensions that constitute Layer 1 of the Model.
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