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Students’ Sense of Belonging in Urban Junior Secondary Schools in Bangladesh: Grades, Academic Achievement and School Satisfaction

  • Ahsan HabibEmail author
  • Saira Hossain
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Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 44)

Abstract

While much study has focused on external variables such as poverty and child labour to document high dropout, absenteeism and poor academic achievement in the secondary schools of Bangladesh, little research has been undertaken to elucidate these issues from students’ psycho-emotional perspectives.The present study explores students’ sense of belonging to school and its correlation with student achievement and school satisfaction. Seven schools participated in this study with 869 boys and 574 girls from junior/lower secondary years 6, 7 and 8. The Bangla version of the Psychological Sense of School Membership (PSSM) Scale (Goodenow, Psychol Schools 30(1):79–90, 1993) was used to measure students’ sense of belonging to school. The findings indicate positive and significant relationships among school satisfaction, academic achievement and school belonging. The findings have important implications for both pedagogical practice and intervention programmes, emphasising strong social environment in school and illustrating students’ psychosocial component as an important aspect of school outcomes.

Keywords

Sense of belonging Academic efficacy Academic achievement School satisfaction 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Education and ResearchUniversity of DhakaDhakaBangladesh

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