Collection: Continuing school during and after prolonged absenteeism


Reincluding: Providing Support to Reengage Youth who Truant in Secondary Schools



Truancy, a complex, unresolved educational issue in countries with compulsory attendance policies, has the potential to cause further educational inequity in times of a global COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of this study, there was a paucity of research regarding youth perspectives of truancy compared to adult perspectives. To address this gap in truancy scholarship, data from a grounded theory study were used to indicate how a sample of 13 students who were truant in New Zealand explained their experiences of reinclusion in learning after persistent absences. Findings showed that support by a significant adult, not necessarily a teacher, and peers were vital in helping youth who are truant to develop a positive and determined attitude to reengage with learning. Results will support school leaders, counsellors, and teachers to further develop inclusive approaches that promote student well-being and achievement.


Truancyreinclusionteacher intentional behavioursaccommodating
  • Year: 2022
  • Volume: 3 Issue: 1
  • Page/Article: 101–114
  • DOI: 10.5334/cie.47
  • Submitted on 6 Feb 2022
  • Accepted on 22 Jun 2022
  • Published on 3 Oct 2022
  • Peer Reviewed