Teacher Perspectives On Early Intervention For Students At-risk of Educational Disengagement
Schools are now perceived as the government apparatus used to monitor and treat early indications of problematic health and social behaviour. A recent study is presented of five government schools in regional Australia to examine teacher thinking and action in response to a mandated early intervention policy for young people, aged 12-14, at risk of educational disengagement. The paper makes the point that teachers have adopted a pragmatic and unsophisticated version of early intervention that has been largely subsumed within the meta-concept of engagement.
Keywords: at-risk, early intervention, engagement, problematic behavior, teacher reasoning
Dr. Craig G. Deed
Lecturer, School of Education