ERIC Number: ED402126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
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Sense of Belonging in Rural Community High School and Boarding Magnet High School Students.
Brown, David W.; McIntire, Walter G.
This paper compares the sense of belonging of students at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM), a boarding magnet school in rural Maine, with that of students at a rural consolidated public high school serving two towns. This type of structure is known as a Maine School Administrative District (SAD). The school is identified as SAD 2000. The 18-item Psychological Sense of School Membership Scale was completed by 271 students: 144 female, 127 male. Resident students numbered 183 and nonresidents 88. The students at MSSM showed a greater sense of belonging than did the students at SAD 2000. Twelve of the 18 items significantly differentiated between the students of the two schools. In looking at the breakdown of SAD 2000 students, there were no significant differences between residents and nonresidents (who had chosen to attend this high school) and no significant differences by gender within or across either group. (TD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Maine