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Phenomenological study of effects of student mobility on middle- and high -socioeconomic high school students


2009 2009

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Abstract (summary)

Mobility, which includes changing schools and residences, affects both academic and nonacademic experiences of students. In schools with high student mobility rates, the effects of mobility on individual students may compound to affect the school itself, or even the school district. However, the impact of mobility has not been sufficiently researched from the point of view of the mobile students themselves. Therefore, using student mobility as the conceptual framework, this phenomenological study explored the academic and nonacademic experiences of current middle and high socio-economic class high school students who have changed both school and residence to, from, or within New Jersey in a 3-year period. Study participants were drawn from schools using a snowball sampling strategy. Data were collected through 5 in-depth interviews and analyzed using Hatch’s 9-step inductive analysis model. Primary findings include description of mobility as a magnifier of existing student characteristics, a need for educators to consider nonacademic factors during placement, a need for educators to consider additional closure and welcoming policies for mobile students, and a need to increase awareness of both teachers and students concerning the needs of mobile students. Understanding the effects of mobility on the academic and nonacademic experiences of students may have implications for positive social change by informing districts, schools, parents, and students themselves of potential impacts of mobility and by providing a basis for planning and programming to minimize negative and maximize positive effects of mobility.

Indexing (details)


Subject
School administration;
Elementary education;
Secondary education
Classification
0514: School administration
0524: Elementary education
0533: Secondary education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Achievement; Guidance; High school; High school students; Middle school; Middle school students; Mobility; School policy; Socioeconomic status; Student achievement; Student mobility
Title
Phenomenological study of effects of student mobility on middle- and high -socioeconomic high school students
Author
Alcock, Marie M.
Number of pages
209
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0543
Source
DAI-A 70/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109284867
Advisor
Crawford, Linda
Committee member
Johnson, Sharon; Lynn, Laura
University/institution
Walden University
Department
Education
University location
United States -- Minnesota
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3366731
ProQuest document ID
305077330
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305077330
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