ERIC Number: ED271374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Now That I Am Graduating: Some High School Students' Perceptions of Themselves and Schooling Experiences.
Martin, Oneida L.
Students are infrequently given an opportunity to share their views about themselves and schools. In an earlier study conducted by Fleischmann (1973), two-thirds of the 1,000 surveyed high school students said they did not enjoy school. Some other students focused on attitudes toward teachers. This study surveyed 54 graduating seniors who were enrolled in English and math college-bound classes to assess their attitudes about themselves and schooling experiences. The study findings revealed that most of the students felt they learned more at the high school level, because they were more mature and serious. They also felt more motivated by high school teachers (48%), primarily due to these teachers' willingness to help them (57%). Other findings reflected that 72% viewed postsecondary education important. The study findings do not attempt to generalize all high school students' perceptions about themselves and schooling experiences. Yet, several conclusions are suggested from the study. The students valued education and learning more as they began to realize their importance on their lives. Is this to say that students learn when they are ready, and when they view learning as important? (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Biloxi, MS, November 1985).