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ERIC Number: ED549074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 136
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-3767-2
Looking at Students' Perceptions of Why They Did or Didn't Drop Out of New Bedford High School
Hardy-Fortin, Kristin L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northeastern University
The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate to what extent student perceptions impact a student's decision to exit the school environment. Situated Learning and Self-Efficacy Theory informs the theoretical framework for the literature review and helps to further evaluate the following research questions: (1) What conditions or circumstances, as perceived by students, have contributed to their staying in or dropping out of school? (2) As can be assessed through student focus groups, how might students' stated degree of self-efficacy and resiliency contribute to their staying in or dropping out of school? A case study approach was used to learn about various students' stated feeling of connectedness to the community and activity of school as well as their perceived self-efficacy and resiliency. These elements and the degree to which they contribute to students' persistence in school was the subject of this investigation. The analysis of these themes along with students' stories was documented and presented to inform educators' ability to identify potential high school dropouts and understand better why it is that they exit the school environment. [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: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts