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ERIC Number: ED492166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 54
Abstractor: Author
Comparison of Teachers' and Students' Perceptions of Academic Performance and Opportunities: A Focus on Pregnant and Parenting Students
Leatherwood, Heather
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This article is a comparison study that investigates how teachers view the academic performance of and the future opportunities available to pregnant and parenting students, while also analyzing how these teenagers perceive their own abilities and opportunities. Responses given by teachers at a school with a high rate of students who are pregnant and parenting in surveys were compared to the artwork of the students they teach. Art was created by both pregnant/parenting teens and non-pregnant/parenting teens to determine the difference in perception these two groups of teens have of themselves. The purpose of this investigation is to show that even with programs available to pregnant and parenting adolescents, the perceptions these students have of their opportunities neither coincide with the perceptions other students their age have of their own opportunities nor the perceptions the teachers have of these pregnant and parenting students. Adolescent pregnancy remains the number one cause for adolescent females to drop out of school, and an investigation of the perceptions they have of themselves and of their futures may help schools understand how to change this phenomenon and how to improve programs offered to this population. (Contains 10 figures and 4 addendums.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A