Home away from home? Boarding in Australian schools

Hodges, Julie, Sheffield, Jeanie and Ralph, Alan (2013) Home away from home? Boarding in Australian schools. Australian Journal of Education, 57 1: 32-47. doi:10.1177/0004944112472789

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Author Hodges, Julie
Sheffield, Jeanie
Ralph, Alan
Title Home away from home? Boarding in Australian schools
Journal name Australian Journal of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9441
Publication date 2013-04-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0004944112472789
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 57
Issue 1
Start page 32
End page 47
Total pages 16
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Language eng
Subject 3304 Education
Abstract Currently, Australian boarding schools undertake to provide a home away from home for around 20,000 adolescents. Research documenting the boarding school experience is scarce, and, with few exceptions, exists as a less significant aspect of more general research into private school education. Such school-based research focuses on the positive, character-building benefits of the boarding experience. However, case studies of former boarders paint quite a different picture. In order for boarding schools to best support boarders' development, it is vital that adults who fulfil a parenting role undertake appropriate training. This paper draws together available information to present a comprehensive picture of boarding in Australian schools, with a focus on the challenges faced by the in loco parentis role of staff. It is apparent that more skills-based training is vital to better equip staff in this very important role.
Keyword Boarding houses
Boarding schools
Isolated students
Nongovernment schools
Private education
Residential care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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