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ERIC Number: ED551288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 114
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2677-6491-1
The Impact of Sensory Preferences on Student Engagement, Success, and Persistence
Barends, Bobbi J.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Many students enter institutions of higher education underprepared for college level coursework. Instructors must establish early connections with these students to engage them in their required coursework and foster success in remedial coursework. The purpose of this descriptive, quantitative study was to examine the sensory processing preferences of community college developmental math instructors and students enrolled in remedial math as a means to gain insights into the potential role of sensory preferences in student engagement, academic achievement, and plan for persistence. The framework of this study was a combination of theory related to sensory processing and current research in the area of student engagement and persistence in order to determine if similarities between sensory profiles of instructors and those of students positively impact student engagement, academic achievement, and plan for persistence. Instructors and students were grouped based on similar (SSP) and dissimilar (DSP) Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profiles. Degree of student engagement and plan for persistence identified by the CLASSE-Student survey and final course grades were compared between the two groups using independent t tests for each dependent variable. Data analysis revealed that plan for persistence between the two groups was statistically significant; suggesting that degree of similarity of the instructor and student sensory profiles may impact a student's plan to enroll in a course the next semester. Implications for social change include using findings in training for remedial math instructors to provide them greater insight into the role of sensory preferences as a predictor for plan for persistence of students requiring remedial math education. [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: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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