Conceptualization of the premature school exit phenomenon in Mashonaland Region of Zimbabwe : the voice of early school leavers

Show simple item record Gatsi, Roswitha Omidire, Margaret Funke Human-Vogel, Salome 2021-08-23T09:32:05Z 2021-08-23T09:32:05Z 2020-03
dc.description.abstract School dropout is a major cause of attrition in schools globally, and its implications could be far-reaching. Evidence from previous studies has shown that the voice of those who have lived experiences of the phenomenon is missing. The present study investigated early school leavers’ conceptualization of school dropout from a Zimbabwean perspective. Twenty-two early school leavers from three sites in Zimbabwe participated in the study. The data collection strategies included focus group discussions, interviews, and life-story narratives. The findings indicated the need for an expanded definition of school dropout that goes beyond physical withdrawal from school. School dropout was understood as a traumatic personal experience, with psychological implications. It entailed deprivation of a meaningful future, retrieval of painful memories of school life, and a reflection of unresolved inequity in the education system. School policies and practices in the Zimbabwean education system should, thus, be sensitive to equity needs and provide professional counselling support to those affected and their families. Furthermore, skilled and emotionally stable personnel should be responsible for the country’s education system and economy. en_ZA
dc.description.department Educational Psychology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Gatsi R, Omidire MF, Human-Vogel S. Conceptualization of the Premature School Exit Phenomenon in Mashonaland Region of Zimbabwe: The Voice of Early School Leavers. Journal of Black Psychology. 2020;46(2-3):228-260. doi: 10.1177/0095798420908458. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0095-7984 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1552-4558 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1177/0095798420908458
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Sage en_ZA
dc.rights © The Author(s) 2020 en_ZA
dc.subject Academic achievement en_ZA
dc.subject Experience en_ZA
dc.subject School dropout en_ZA
dc.subject Deprivation en_ZA
dc.subject Inequity en_ZA
dc.subject Zimbabwe en_ZA
dc.title Conceptualization of the premature school exit phenomenon in Mashonaland Region of Zimbabwe : the voice of early school leavers en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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