The football stadium as classroom: exploring a program for at-risk students in secondary vocational education

Geertje Marieke Fix

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Building on earlier research the present study was conducted in order to expand the research-based knowledge about effective drop-out prevention by researching in depth one intervention, implemented in four programs for at-risk youth that were developed with and within four SVE schools in The Netherlands. The programs were based on a program for primary school children in the United Kingdom that was aimed at enhancing motivation for learning and inspired by the ideal that sports can be used as a vehicle for social and emotional learning and re-engaging youth. According to literature such an approach might indeed have potential. We aim to know the programs are implemented and enacted by teachrs and students, how they think and feel about the programs and what problems they face during enactment of the programs. We chose to focus in this study on program quality operationalized by the relevance, consistency, practicality, effectiveness and sustainability of the programs and why students benefit from the programs (or not).

The question that directed this study was:
According to the perceptions of managers, teachers and students, what are the effective characteristics of four programs implemented for students at risk in secondary vocational education in order to decrease the drop-out rate?

In order to answer the main research question; four sub-studies were conducted in which we chose to include different program represenrations. In study one, we focused upon the perceived program characteristics as they arose from teachers' practice. In study two, we investigated the students' perspective on the programs. For study three, we researched teachers' emotions and feelings and in the fourth study, we examined the long-term sustainability of the programs.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
  • Pieters, Jules M., Supervisor
  • Kuiper, W.A.J.M., Supervisor, External person
  • Ritzen, Henk T.M., Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date20 Dec 2018
Place of PublicationEnschede
Print ISBNs978-94-028-1319-7
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2018

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