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Transforming high school to promote ninth grade success: A study of the factors in ninth grade that impact achievement


2011 2011

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Abstract (summary)

This quantitative research study examined the cognitive and affective variables which positively and negatively affect ninth-grade student transitions to high school and subsequent success when located at a separate ninth-grade-only facility as compared to students who attended another form of ninth through twelfth grade school configuration. Success in high school was measured by student perception and academic success. Various researchers were cited based on their research of the issues facing students as they transition to high school. From that research, two intertwined surveys were developed. The Harter Self-Perception Profile was used to measure students' perceptions in nine domains (Scholastic Competence, Social Acceptance, Athletic Competence, Physical Appearance, Job Competence, Romantic Appeal, Behavioral Conduct, Close Friendship and Self-Worth) (Harter, Harter Self-Perception Profile, 1988). The students were also questioned about the effectiveness of a ninth-grade-only school and its effect on peer pressure, grades, fitting in, and bullying through the use of a student survey. ANOVA was used for the Harter Self-Perception Profile and chi square analysis was used for the researcher designed student survey. Findings from this study are significant because they discussed the variables facing ninth-grade students as they transition to the high school. The results were not statistically significant but allowed for a conclusion to be drawn that students who attended Stanolind Freshman High School (a pseudonym) were more cognitively and affectively successful than students who attended another form of ninth-grade school configuration.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational evaluation;
Education Policy;
Secondary education;
Secondary schools;
Academic achievement;
Cognition & reasoning;
Secondary school students;
Perceptions;
Psychological tests
Classification
0443: Educational evaluation
0458: Education Policy
0533: Secondary education
Identifier / keyword
Education; High school; Ninth-grade; Ninth-grade academy; Ninth-grade school; Transition
Title
Transforming high school to promote ninth grade success: A study of the factors in ninth grade that impact achievement
Author
Dean, Debra L.
Number of pages
126
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
1351
Source
DAI-A 72/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124713380
Advisor
Welstead, Callie
Committee member
Kijas, Johanna; Ward, Jason
University/institution
Capella University
Department
School of Education
University location
United States -- Minnesota
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3460048
ProQuest document ID
876017074
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/876017074
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