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Effective Teaching Strategies Of Culturally Relevant Secondary School Teachers, Paul N. Jones May 2019

Effective Teaching Strategies Of Culturally Relevant Secondary School Teachers, Paul N. Jones

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This researcher sought to understand the strategies of teachers who were effectively educating and communicating through culturally relevant pedagogy at the secondary school level. The qualitative case study utilized a survey to select the participants based on their multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills. The study involved two high schools with similar demographic backgrounds. Five teachers and their supervising administrators from each of the schools represented high schools in two different geographic regions (northeast and southeast) of the United States. The research study included interviewing five teachers at each school and their supervising administrator to better understand their lived experiences within ...


Experiential Charter Schools: A Multi Case Study, Karen A. Fildes Aug 2018

Experiential Charter Schools: A Multi Case Study, Karen A. Fildes

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Since their creation in 1991, charter schools have been controversial within the educational community. As charter school laws lie in the realm of state legislation, there is wide variation in the requirements for charter school application and how accountability is measured. National studies comparing standardized student achievement test scores from charter schools with traditional public schools have mixed reviews, with the strongest schools identified within large, urban districts such as Boston, Washington, DC, and Houston. This qualitative study explored non-urban charter schools that utilized experiential learning as their curricular foundation. The purpose of this multi-case study was to examine two ...


Mindset, Self-Efficacy, And First Year College Students: Perceptions Of Performance Accomplishments, Jeanette E. Moore Jun 2018

Mindset, Self-Efficacy, And First Year College Students: Perceptions Of Performance Accomplishments, Jeanette E. Moore

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College-bound students move from various high school environments to a collegiate setting; this transition requires acclimation. There is increased interest in the understanding of college student adjustment to decrease student attrition, thus adjustment to college has been studied in different contexts, including social and academic. The construct of self-efficacy, or students’ judgments of their capabilities to organize courses of action to perform tasks, attributes to college adjustment. Another construct, mindset, defined as a person’s self-perception or “self- theory” effects learning, skill acquisition, success, and other aspects of life. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of ...


The Effect Of Data-Driven Feedback And Coaching Using A Mixed-Reality Simulation In A Preservice Teacher Education Program, Wes J. Desantis May 2018

The Effect Of Data-Driven Feedback And Coaching Using A Mixed-Reality Simulation In A Preservice Teacher Education Program, Wes J. Desantis

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This research focused on the inquiry skill of questioning used as a teaching tool and how undergraduate preservice teacher-preparatory program. The instructional strategy of questioning took place in a classroom that used a mixed-reality simulation system. The research design was a mixed-methods procedure. The quantitative aspect included a quasi-experimental design with a treatment group (those who received data-driven feedback and coaching, n = 15) and a comparison group (those who did not receive data-driven feedback/coaching, n = 15). A comparison of self-efficacy means between groups, indicated no differences before or after the treatment. A Chi-Square procedure and Sign follow-up tests were ...


College And Career Readiness: Exploring The Perceptions Of Recent High School Graduates Who Engaged In Experiential Learning, Richard T. Carroll Jr. May 2018

College And Career Readiness: Exploring The Perceptions Of Recent High School Graduates Who Engaged In Experiential Learning, Richard T. Carroll Jr.

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This study was used to explore the perceptions of recent high school graduates about their levels of preparedness for post-secondary life after they engaged in experiential learning while in high school. The source of the participants was the graduating class of 2016 of an experiential learning high school program in Dutchess County, New York called the Career and Technical Institute (CTI).

A qualitative, phenomenological methodology was utilized whereby data were collected through a researcher-created three-level interview protocol applied to a sample of participants (n = 10). Participants were selected from the original 237 CTI graduates through key characteristics on a demographic ...


Professional Learning Communities: An Examination Of Teachers’ Perspectives On Professional Conversations And Student Learning, Elizabeth J. Spencer-Johnson May 2018

Professional Learning Communities: An Examination Of Teachers’ Perspectives On Professional Conversations And Student Learning, Elizabeth J. Spencer-Johnson

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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have emerged in the last 20 years as a popular professional development initiative. However, despite a wealth of PLC literature available, researchers have found that forming teacher communities does not automatically result in improved teaching practices that support student learning. This qualitative study was used to explore the ways in which humanities teachers perceive their work in existing PLCs. Specifically, it examined the ways teachers experience their work together related to subject knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and the influence the work within the PLC has on changing instructional practices. Using an embedded unit case study design with ...


Stakeholder Perceptions Of Students’ Success In Place-Based Schools, Josef A. Graham May 2018

Stakeholder Perceptions Of Students’ Success In Place-Based Schools, Josef A. Graham

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Place-Based schools are a viable alternative to failing schools, and are an essential tool in closing the American education achievement gap. This study assessed stakeholders’ perception of the value of Place-Based curricula using a qualitative, multi-case design with an ethnographic stance. The researcher examined how success was determined and measured for students who attended schools with Place-Based curricula. Measures of success were identified by analyzing results of stakeholder interviews and triangulated evidence from various sources. Framed through Situated Cognition and Critical Pedagogy theories, this study challenged the notion that success should be defined primarily as performance on standardized tests. Twenty-two ...


The Self-Perceptions Of Principals’ Transformational Leadership Practices, Stephanie M. Metz May 2018

The Self-Perceptions Of Principals’ Transformational Leadership Practices, Stephanie M. Metz

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This research focused on the transformational leadership traits of principal participants from a sample bound within the geographic regions of Westchester County, New York and Fairfield County, Connecticut. The mixed methods case study utilized three different instruments to gather data from principal participants. Using the online program SurveyMonkey to distribute the Phase 1 instruments, the researcher-created demographic questions were administered first to each participant. Upon completion of the demographic questions online, the participants proceeded to complete the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). The survey results were analyzed descriptively, including mean and standard deviation. Using a sample of convenience, participants were selected ...


Self-Regulation Through Goal Setting And Reflective Practice: Impact On Students’ Perceived Scholastic Competency And Motivation In Ninth-Grade Mathematics Classrooms, Ann Elizabeth Tucci May 2018

Self-Regulation Through Goal Setting And Reflective Practice: Impact On Students’ Perceived Scholastic Competency And Motivation In Ninth-Grade Mathematics Classrooms, Ann Elizabeth Tucci

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The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of self-regulatory practices on scholastic competency and motivation in the classroom. Research on goal orientation theory indicates that students who have power over their learning will become more competent and motivated. Data were collected using an exploratory sequential mixed-methods design. The treatment group was comprised of ninth-grade mathematics students who received a goal setting and reflection treatment that was embedded in their mathematics unit of study and a comparison group where students received standard mathematics instruction. For the quantitative portion of the study, data were collected using a pretest/posttest ...


The Influence Of Individuals’ Middle School, High School, And Undergraduate College Music Performance Experiences On Self- Efficacy And Perceptions Of Their Own Success As Adults, Gerard T. Doble May 2018

The Influence Of Individuals’ Middle School, High School, And Undergraduate College Music Performance Experiences On Self- Efficacy And Perceptions Of Their Own Success As Adults, Gerard T. Doble

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This qualitative case-study research examined the influence of childhood and adolescent music performance experiences on self-efficacy and perceptions of success in adults. Eight 26- to 32-year-old, college-educated, adult professionals sharing membership in the same a cappella music performing group were observed, interviewed, and completed demographic surveys and self-efficacy instruments. Participants consisted of five females and three males, five of whom were white, one black, and one Asian/Pacific Islander.

The research was designed to examine the potential impact of music performance experiences on individual’s perceived self-efficacy and perceptions of success and how changes in these may generalize to other ...


Understanding The Effects Of Mixed Reality Simulation On Pre-Service Teacher Self-Efficacy, Erik M. Gundel May 2018

Understanding The Effects Of Mixed Reality Simulation On Pre-Service Teacher Self-Efficacy, Erik M. Gundel

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The purpose of this mixed methods multiple case study was to gain insight into the self-efficacy beliefs of pre-service teachers participating in a curriculum enhanced via mixed reality simulation experiences. There were two cases within the present study, one was bound by pre-service teacher candidate participants enrolled as students within one of three sequential courses enhanced via mixed reality simulations. The pre-service teacher candidate participant case was further bound and subdivided into sub-units by level of exposure, either 30, 60, or 90 minutes of total exposure within the simulated classroom, respectively. The second case utilized professional candidate participants with connections ...


The Effects Of Self-Regulation Strategies On Reading Comprehension, Motivation For Learning, And Self-Efficacy With Struggling Readers, Cassandra L. Cosentino Aug 2017

The Effects Of Self-Regulation Strategies On Reading Comprehension, Motivation For Learning, And Self-Efficacy With Struggling Readers, Cassandra L. Cosentino

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The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to investigate the effect of a self-regulation treatment on sixth grade students’ reading comprehension, motivation for learning, and self-efficacy perceptions.

The research took place in three urban schools in the northeast United States in the winter of 2016. The study’s quasi-experimental design utilized a sample of convenience in which students from three schools of one district were examined. There was one treatment group in which students received a self-regulation intervention and two comparison groups where students received standard support instruction within their general education classes. Data were collected using a pretest/posttest ...


The Effects Of A Self-Efficacy Based Treatment Program On At-Risk Secondary Education Students’ Levels Of General Self-Efficacy And Achievement Motivation, David Mirto May 2017

The Effects Of A Self-Efficacy Based Treatment Program On At-Risk Secondary Education Students’ Levels Of General Self-Efficacy And Achievement Motivation, David Mirto

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This study investigated the impact of a researcher created intervention on general levels of self-efficacy and achievement motivation of secondary education students within a district classified as at-risk. The design was experimental and utilized a pre/post-test comparison and a convenience sample of randomly assigned intact groups of tenth grade students (n = 59). General Self Efficacy and Achievement Motivation were measured to determine if a statistical difference existed in the mean scores of the groups after treatment.

Research Question One investigated if a significant difference existed between program types and students’ General Self-Efficacy with respect to gender. Results illustrated no ...


The Effects Of A Growth Mindset Intervention On Self-Efficacy And Motivation Of Adolescent Special Education Students, Emily A. Rhew May 2017

The Effects Of A Growth Mindset Intervention On Self-Efficacy And Motivation Of Adolescent Special Education Students, Emily A. Rhew

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The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a growth intervention would improve adolescent special education students’ self-efficacy and motivation. The research was conducted in a middle school in the Northeast from January 2016 to June 2016. The convenience sample for this study comprised of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students receiving special education services in the area of reading. The study was quasi-experimental in design and included both a comparison group and a treatment group. Both groups received a pretest and a posttest in the form of a survey. While only the treatment group received a growth mindset ...


The Utilization Of Inquiry-Based Science Instruction In Connecticut, David M. Bozzuto May 2017

The Utilization Of Inquiry-Based Science Instruction In Connecticut, David M. Bozzuto

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The purpose of this study was to explore the perspectives of practitioners of inquiry-based instruction from 35 Connecticut school districts. The source of the participants, Connecticut State Science Assessment Advisory Committee members, and their involvement in science education acted to bound the research.

Using a multiple case study design, data were gathered from 28 participants: teachers n = 21, curriculum leaders n = 4, professional development experts n = 2, and state education advisor/ teacher preparation expert n = 1 involved with Connecticut schools. Each participant was asked to complete an online demographic and inquiry utilization questionnaire. From the results of the questionnaires, a ...


An Examination Of Home, School, And Community Experiences Of High-Achieving Deaf Adults, Kara Kunst Tanner Apr 2017

An Examination Of Home, School, And Community Experiences Of High-Achieving Deaf Adults, Kara Kunst Tanner

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This qualitative study investigated the academic, community, and family experiences of adults who are profoundly deaf. The deaf adults were categorized as high-achieving by having attended college post-high school. The intent of this study is to give teachers, parents, and other deaf students, insight into the factors responsible for contributing to the deaf adult becoming high-achieving.

This multiple case study design involved a sample of three profoundly deaf adults. Additionally, each deaf adult participant recommended one parent and one educator to participate in the study. The deaf adults, parents, and teachers each completed an individual demographic survey and participated in ...


How School Principals' Leadership Styles And Actions Build Fidelity In The Implementation Of A Writing Curriculum, Kristina E. Hislop Aug 2016

How School Principals' Leadership Styles And Actions Build Fidelity In The Implementation Of A Writing Curriculum, Kristina E. Hislop

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The purpose of this study was to explore the leadership styles and actions of elementary school principals observed during implementations of new writing curricula designed to increase content and rigor of the curricula in alignment with mandated reforms. The multiple-case study included four urban elementary schools affiliated with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP). Participants included four principals, three language arts coaches, and 64 classroom teachers. Data were collected through observations and three tools: the Level of Use interview protocol, the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire, and the Teachers Writing Survey. Five themes emerged from the analysis: (a) principals build ...


Violence In American Schools: The Impact Of The Newtown School Shooting On School Practices And Programs, School Security Staff, Staff Training, And Security Budgets, Robert William O'Donnell May 2016

Violence In American Schools: The Impact Of The Newtown School Shooting On School Practices And Programs, School Security Staff, Staff Training, And Security Budgets, Robert William O'Donnell

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The purpose of this study was to examine changes implemented by public school district personnel in response to the Newtown school shooting that occurred on December 14, 2012. The researcher used the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) to gather quantitative data from district and school leaders at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in rural, urban, and suburban school districts in Connecticut. The survey was used to research school practices and programs, school security staff, and staff training implemented prior to and after December 14 ...


Effects Of The Question Formulation Technique On Secondary Students’ Argument Writing Achievement Scores, Mary T. Fernand May 2016

Effects Of The Question Formulation Technique On Secondary Students’ Argument Writing Achievement Scores, Mary T. Fernand

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) and gender on secondary students’ argument writing achievement scores. The study was conducted at a secondary school in one suburban Northeastern school district over a 10-week period from March to June 2015. The sample of convenience included male and female students of various abilities (n = 175) and English teachers (n = 4) from Grades 9 and 10. A quasi-experimental design was used, with a pretest-posttest comparison group structure. Fourteen intact classes were randomly assigned to either a comparison group that used a traditional writing program ...


An Investigation Of Teacher And Administrator Perceptions Of Blended Learning: Implementation, Student Learning, And Professional Development, Matthew A. Correia May 2016

An Investigation Of Teacher And Administrator Perceptions Of Blended Learning: Implementation, Student Learning, And Professional Development, Matthew A. Correia

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Blended learning is an instructional approach to teaching that has been part of the education field for several years. While the concept of blended learning has been around for many years, a common definition of this concept fails to exist. In the past, blended learning was considered to be the technological component that was part of the classroom lesson, however, it may also be considered a combination of instructional approaches that includes technological components.

Utilizing a qualitative approach, this phenomenological study was used to examine the perceptions of teachers and administrators with regards to their understanding of how the concept ...


Experiences Of Black Male Students In Predominantly White High Performing Secondary Schools, Damien Justin Holst May 2016

Experiences Of Black Male Students In Predominantly White High Performing Secondary Schools, Damien Justin Holst

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This qualitative study examined the perceptions of students, parents, and educators regarding the social, academic, and personal experiences of Black male students in two predominantly White high performing secondary schools. Anchored in the work of Albert Bandura and Gloria Ladson-Billings, this study explored the relationships between critical race theory and self-efficacy as both constructs relate to Black male students. A paucity of research exists regarding the experiences of Black male students within predominantly White secondary high schools. The purpose of the study was to understand the experiences of these Black students as they were situated within an environment where academic ...


Board Of Education Members: A Study Of Motives, Membership, And Perceptions Of Influence On Education Policy, Jennifer Ann Eraca May 2016

Board Of Education Members: A Study Of Motives, Membership, And Perceptions Of Influence On Education Policy, Jennifer Ann Eraca

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School Boards in the United States have existed for over 200 years. During this time, they have evolved into complex governing bodies that yield great fiscal power over school districts. Membership is comprised mostly of laypersons and requirements of membership continue to be minimal. While oversight and policy are key roles of Boards of Education, the relationship among School Board members, school superintendents, and various stakeholders is crucial to effective leadership and meeting district goals.

Utilizing a qualitative research approach, this phenomenological study explored School Board members’ motives for membership, eligibility requirements, and the perceptions of School Board members’ influence ...


An Investigation Of The Factors That Influence Students’ Long Term Application Of Environmental Literacy Skills, Helena Nitowski May 2015

An Investigation Of The Factors That Influence Students’ Long Term Application Of Environmental Literacy Skills, Helena Nitowski

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Schools today are commissioned to provide students with a solid foundation in global citizenship. Future leaders must be knowledgeable problem solvers who can apply those skills to better the world. An awareness of global issues along with a sense of urgency and strength to act are needed for the welfare of all. The achievement of these goals must promote active involvement both at the personal and community levels. This research study investigated the factors related to the long-term environmental literacy skills of students who attended a school with an international and global studies curriculum. Within that curriculum, focus was placed ...


Understanding Teacher Use Of Inquiry: Investigating Catalysts And Barriers, Susan H. Guertin May 2015

Understanding Teacher Use Of Inquiry: Investigating Catalysts And Barriers, Susan H. Guertin

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The purpose of this qualitative, multiple-case study was to investigate the catalysts and barriers related to implementing inquiry-based instruction in elementary school from the perspective of third, fourth, and fifth grade teachers. The participants included five teachers who were frequent inquiry users, and four teachers who were infrequent inquiry users. The subjects were interviewed about their teaching styles and beliefs about education, understandings and use of inquiry-based learning, feelings about instructional change, personal experience with inquiry as students, problem-solving preferences, and opinions about the catalysts and barriers to teacher use of inquiry. Each subject was observed and rated on the ...


The Impact Of A Persistence Intervention On The Mathematical Self-Perceptions Of Male And Female Fourth And Fifth Grade Students, Jennifer L. Anaclerio May 2015

The Impact Of A Persistence Intervention On The Mathematical Self-Perceptions Of Male And Female Fourth And Fifth Grade Students, Jennifer L. Anaclerio

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This research explored the impact of an intervention designed to increase fourth and fifth grade students’ persistence in mathematics on their mathematical self-perceptions. The researcher utilized a quasi-experimental design in which intact classrooms were randomly assigned to treatment or comparison conditions, as well as follow-up survey methodology. Students in the treatment group received prescriptive informational feedback in mathematical notebooks from their teachers, were taught that abilities are expandable and improvable, and were exposed to role models that taught about the importance of persistence, while students in the comparison group received a traditional mathematics curriculum. The persistence intervention occurred over the ...


An Investigation Of The Student Use Of Tactual Learning-Style Preference Techniques And Student Self-Perception, Patricia A. Zangle May 2015

An Investigation Of The Student Use Of Tactual Learning-Style Preference Techniques And Student Self-Perception, Patricia A. Zangle

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Students across the United States are routinely administered state assessments to measure academic progress in the grade level they have been assigned. These tests have become the measure of a district or school's ability to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Many students are not able to attain the expected of level of proficiency. In 20II in rural high-need school districts in New York State,43 percent of third through fifth grade students did not make AYP in mathematics (non-AYP students; New York State Education Department, 20ll). The Common Core Standards have been implemented to ensure that students graduating from ...


African American Male Secondary School Students’ Perceptions Of Educational Experiences In An Urban High School, Justin A. Zerega Apr 2015

African American Male Secondary School Students’ Perceptions Of Educational Experiences In An Urban High School, Justin A. Zerega

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The purpose of the study was to gain a deep understanding of the educational experiences and perceptions of junior and senior African American male secondary school students attending a diverse urban high school in the Northeast. The case study was bound by self-identification as African American male, 11th or 12th grade level, and the school setting. Ten participants were profiled by low, medium, and high GPAs. Data were collected through focus groups, in-depth participant interviews, and observations of informal school environments. Data were analyzed using a constant comparative method as different levels of codes emerged. Analysis of the data suggested ...


Educators’ Perceptions Of Their Instructional Leadership Styles And Their Problem Solving Styles, Reine M. Issa Aug 2014

Educators’ Perceptions Of Their Instructional Leadership Styles And Their Problem Solving Styles, Reine M. Issa

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Instructional leadership is not well-defined in the literature. The term has been used to describe the principal’s role as an instructional leader. However, principals are not the only instructional leaders. Teachers are as well. In this study, data on leadership and problem solving style were collected one time from 378 educators in K-12 school settings in the northeast of the U.S. The purpose is to provide an empirical evidence of what describes instructional leadership.

The results of a 4x4x4 MANOVA indicated that there were significant differences between educators’ scores on the leadership subscales for the Orientation to Change ...


An Investigation Of High School Students’ And Teachers’ Perceptions Of Academic Achievement And Underachievement, Natalie Ann Morales Aug 2014

An Investigation Of High School Students’ And Teachers’ Perceptions Of Academic Achievement And Underachievement, Natalie Ann Morales

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This study investigated high school students’ and teachers’ perceptions of academic self-perception, environmental perceptions, goal valuation, and motivation/self-regulation as factors affecting students’ academic achievement. A two-way MANOVA was conducted to determine if high school students’ gender and academic programs, Non-Honors/Non-Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors/Advanced Placement (AP), differed in their perceptions of academic self-perception, attitudes towards teachers and classes, attitudes towards school, goal valuation, and motivation/self-regulation using the School Attitude Assessment Survey-Revised. Students in the Honors/AP program had higher levels of academic self-perception and motivation/self-regulation than Non-Honors/Non-AP students’ results. Females had higher levels of ...


The Relationships Of Body Weight Category On School-Related Factors, Suzanne A. Marsan Aug 2014

The Relationships Of Body Weight Category On School-Related Factors, Suzanne A. Marsan

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This study examined the relationships between Weight Category (healthy-weight and overweight/obese) of middle school students and school-related factors such as academic achievement, number of school absences, student engagement, student self-beliefs, and student interpersonal support. A sample of convenience of teachers (n = 20) and students (n = 227) was taken from a middle school in Connecticut. The teacher participants completed the RAPS-TM for each student in the study which measured teacher perception of student engagement in language arts and mathematics learning activities. The student participants completed the RAPS-SM which measured student perceptions of engagement, self-beliefs, and interpersonal support. In addition, the ...