ERIC Number: ED221498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of "Student Success."
Stengel, Barbara S.
The concept of student success is open to many interpretations and assumptions. Although teachers strive for student success, success is a relative term, contingent upon the situation in which it arises. Generally, success is judged by prior conceptions and criteria; yet attribution of success can depend on the vantage point of the judge. A student with a "B" grade point average may be considered successful in comparison with peers, but unsuccessful in comparison with previous performance or that of a sibling. A standard interpretation of success is salary and job status, but a more valuable concept is an individually determined match of a desired process and result with the actual process and result. Teachers can view student success in two ways: (1) success in the role of student; and (2) success of individuals who are students. Students who achieve the school's or teacher's goals can be described as successful students. However, if teachers broaden the definition of "student" from a restrictive nominative role to persons whom they contact and influence, the concept of student success takes on a more individualized, ambiguous meaning. Teachers should be aware of their standards for success, whether they are societally, systemically, or personally determined. (FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Colloquium of the Council of Graduate Students in Education (1981).