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Changing AdolescenceSocial Trends and Mental Health$
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Ann Hagell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301042

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301042.001.0001

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Educational changes and possible links with adolescent well-being:1970s to 2000s

Educational changes and possible links with adolescent well-being:1970s to 2000s

Chapter:
(p.93) Six Educational changes and possible links with adolescent well-being:1970s to 2000s
Source:
Changing Adolescence
Author(s):

Ann Hagell

John Gray

Maurice Galton

Colleen Mclaughlin

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447301042.003.0006

There have been some major changes in the basic structure of school experiences for adolescents since the mid 1970s, including more attention to attainment and examinations, a rise in exam participation and success, a major shift to comprehensive education, and a significant increase in the number of children staying on at 16 years and thus having more 'school experiences' than previously. However, there is also evidence for considerable continuity (in class sizes, teaching styles etc). The chapter concludes that while there are aspects of school and classroom organisation, and social relationships in the educational arena, that are key correlates of mental health symptoms, there is no evidence that these particular aspects of the educational system have changed, except perhaps for the better.

Keywords:   Adolescent, Education, School, Teaching, Classroom, Post-16 education

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