Role model influence on California 10<sup>th</sup> grade high school students
Both state and federal legislation indicate that students are not attaining reasonable academic achievement goals, and that an achievement gap exists as a result of the school system's inability to provide the coordination of services necessary to facilitate academic proficiency for all students.
The purpose of this study is to identify the factors that investigate the significance of role models, upon the lives of high school-age students in the XYZ School District, and to ascertain if there is a link between an 10th grade students' role models and their level of academic achievement. The research examines who the primary role models are for 10 th grade high school students, and if role models including those propagated through the use of cable/satellite television and the Internet influence adolescents' attitudes regarding education.
A review of the literature was conducted, and students and teachers were surveyed in order to address 4 research questions. The research design uses 2 cross-sectional survey instruments to determine if there is a relationship between the types of role models adolescents select and their level of academic achievement in high school. The student survey results compare 10th grade high school students' role model selections with their self-reported grade point averages. The teacher survey asks teachers to indicate if they feel there is a relationship between the types of role models high school students' select and students' level of academic achievement.
200 students and 50 teachers were surveyed. The findings were analyzed using both descriptive and inferential techniques. The descriptive portion of the analysis utilized 2-way cross-classification tables, bar/column charts/column charts, and pie charts to give visual comparisons of the survey results. A t-test analysis was used to determine the degree of variance within Population One based on the students' self-reported grade point averages. Chi-square tests, illustrated in 2-way cross classification tables, were utilized to determine if there is a significant relationship between the types of role models adolescents select and the degree of academic success they achieve as indicated by their self-reported grade point averages.
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