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ERIC Number: ED523308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 121
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-1118-7
Perceptions of High School Seniors' Montessori Experiences and Academic Self-Efficacy Beliefs: A Phenomenological Study
Smith, Molly McHugh
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of South Carolina
More than twenty-five years after the release of "A Nation at Risk," our federal government continues to explore innovative ways to close the achievement gap. The goal of this phenomenological study was to describe four students' experiences with one school choice option in South Carolina, public Montessori. The purpose of the study was to describe the lived Montessori experiences of participants and my interpretation of their developed academic self-efficacy. This qualitative investigation described the various perspectives of students' Montessori experiences and interpreted those experiences through the lens of concepts associated with Albert Bandura's (1986) notion of self-efficacy. According to Bandura's theoretical framework, there are four tenets of social cognitive theory, which assist in the development or improvement of a person's self-efficacy: mastery experiences, vicarious experiences, social persuasion, and physiological response. After analyzing participants' textural descriptions, three major themes were constructed through narrative analysis, including: self-reliance, leadership, and reciprocity. These themes manifested across participants' narratives; therefore, a more comprehensive understanding of the essence of their experience was written to provide school and district leaders with additional insight into more innovative approaches for educating all students. In addition, policy implications and recommendations for future research were discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina