Argentinean Adolescents Attitude toward Secondary School.Report as inadecuate

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This study examined the attitudes toward secondary school of 631 adolescents attending 8th, 9th, and 10th grade in Parana, Argentina in 1998. Students completed a scale of 12 questions about the value of school and their teachers' capacity to teach and to establish good relationships with their students. Overall, most Argentinean students showed positive attitudes, similar to those reported in Sweden and the United States. Students tended to question their teachers rather than their schools. Dissatisfaction with their teachers grew between the first and second year in secondary school, though the value of attending school did not decrease over time. There were no gender differences in the total score for any of the three age groups, nor were their gender differences among those who attended private versus public schools. There were concurrent correlations between the negative attitude toward school and the presence of internalizing problems (low self-esteem, trait anxiety, and depression) and externalizing problems (antisocial behavior and substance use). Only a small percentage of students were interested in being remembered by their classmates as excellent students. (SM)

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Skills

Author: Facio, Alicia; Batistuta, Mercedes


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