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Psihološka istraživanja
2017, vol. 20, iss. 1, pp. 127-143
article language: English
document type: Original Scientific Paper
published on: 13/11/2017
doi: 10.5937/PsIstra1701127C
Creative Commons License 4.0
Towards peer education prevention of school dropout: An exploratory analysis of an action-research study
University of Teacher Education (HEP-BEJUNE), Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

e-mail: gabricolucci@libero.it

Abstract

This paper presents the exploratory analysis of an action-research into dropout prevention in an Italian secondary school. By taking into account the representations of teachers, students and parents, different activities of peer education have been implemented during the school year in a city of Sardinia in order to promote school success. The study is based on a mixed-methods design, including focus groups with teachers, students and parents, as well as classroom observations. The action-research consists of different interventions: firstly, the participants’ representations of school dropout have been collected; then, a specific program of peer education has been proposed through activities of role-playing, simulations, brainstorming, and improvement of life skills (during training meetings with the participants). Thereafter, the action-research has been qualitatively analysed, with the findings indicating possible directions of re-creating school practices that could have potential benefits in preventing dropout.

Keywords

dropout; action-research; peer education; qualitative analysis; life skills education

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