Transition from primary to secondary school: Possibilities and paradoxes

Year: 2004

Author: Howard, Sue, Johnson, Bruce

Type of paper: Refereed paper

This paper reports on the findings of a qualitative research project carried out in New South Wales. The research participants were 'resilient' final year primary school and first year high school students who, through semi-structured interviews, discussed either their expectations or experiences of transition from primary to secondary school. Some important findings regarding transition challenges are presented and the children's (and their parents') responses to these issues are discussed. The question is posed: how ethical and feasible is it to introduce major school reform in the early years of high school when the voices of those who stand to be most affected by it are strongly in favour of the status quo?