Research Output per year
The transition from primary to secondary school is viewed as a crucial and significant period in much of the existing literature, and has received more focus than any other educational transition. However, Topping noted that despite primary-secondary transition being so important, it was a neglected area of educational research in general. Several studies over the years have identified that there is a 'dip' in attainment at the time of primary-secondary transitions with a lack of expected progress and sometimes regression, especially in literacy and numeracy. Various reasons have been given for this dip in academic attainment such as lack of curricular continuity between schools, differences in pedagogical approaches, differences in expectations of teachers in the two contexts, alongside lowering of self-esteem and mismatch between stage-environment fit. Alexander reported that this dip in attainment persists across education systems based on data from various countries, namely Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Tasmania and England.
The specific research questions addressed in this systematic literature review are:
1. What does the evidence from the UK and other countries suggest about the impact of the primary to secondary transition on educational outcomes and wellbeing?
2. What does the research suggest about the experiences of children and young people during their transition from primary to secondary?
3. What are the key factors that make a positive or negative contribution to the primary-secondary transition?
4. What does the evidence suggest about the differential impact of transition on children facing additional educational barriers such as poverty or additional support needs?
5. What does international evidence suggest about the characteristics of educational systems that support or hinder the transitional experience?
|Place of Publication||Edinburgh|
|Number of pages||59|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Feb 2019|
|Name||Social Research Series|
|Publisher||The Scottish Government|
- Primary school
- Secondary school
- Systematic literature review
- International research literature
Activities per year
Divya Jindal-Snape (Presenter)
Activity: Other activity types › Public engagement and outreach - media article or participation
Examining the socio-emotional aspects of primary-secondary school transitions: Support systems and resilience- Keynote
Divya Jindal-Snape (Keynote speaker)
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Keynote