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ERIC Number: ED552005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 111
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2678-7362-0
Examination of Urban High School Dropouts with High Self-Efficacy: A Phenomenological Study
Bayles, Ronald
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experience of urban students in Central Alabama with high self-efficacy who have dropped out of school to pursue a GED. This study: (a) provided a platform that gave voice to students to share their lived experience as they made the decision to drop out of high school, (b) identified the character traits of students with high self-efficacy, and (c) revealed the essence of what motivated students to move to resilience after appearing to give up. A qualitative research design was used. The phenomenological approach provided the opportunity for participants to express what they experienced during the process of dropping out of school. Students attending a GED class were chosen using purposeful sampling. Students were given a questionnaire to determine efficacy. Participants ages ranged from 17-19. This age was selected for the purpose of utilizing students who had not been far removed from the high school experience. Students were interviewed for 45 minutes using semi-structured questions. The four themes that emerged from the study included: parental involvement, absenteeism, teacher influence, and early challenges. The research revealed the impact early challenges had on students' perceptions of their ability to negotiate school. [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 School Equivalency Programs; High Schools; Adult Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama