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

Ann Hagell, John Gray, Maurice Galton and Colleen Mclaughlin

in Changing Adolescence

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9781447301042
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447307242 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447301042.003.0006
Educational changes and possible links with adolescent well-being:1970s to 2000s

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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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