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ERIC Number: ED552401
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 120
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2679-1362-3
Effect of a Counseling Intervention Program on Tenth Grade Students' Attendance, Discipline Referrals, and Academic Achievement
Austin, Dorothy Deona Martin
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Poor student achievement, high discipline referrals, and student absenteeism were issues in a rural school with a population of approximately 400 students. The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of Effective Teens training on the attendance, discipline referrals, and academic achievement of 10th grade students. The theoretical framework of the study was choice theory, which uses reality therapy to define how individuals may use thinking and evaluation to make pragmatic decisions. The theoretical basis for choice theory is that individuals are controlled by their needs and choose behaviors that meet the needs at that time. The research sample included 96 Grade 10 students in 1 rural high school. A quasi-experimental, nonequivalent, pre- and post-test control group design was used to determine differences in the variables between the treatment and control groups. The independent variable was the presence or absence of a 3-week counselor-led activity based on the texts, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" and "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Personal Workbook"; the dependent variables were attendance, discipline referrals, and academic achievement. An analysis of covariance revealed no significant differences in outcomes based on the treatment. Because counselors assist students in focusing on academic, personal/social and career development, the literature suggested that providing students with access to counselors in the school setting may impact social change for students by encouraging academic success and the development of skills that allow them to lead fulfilling lives as responsible citizens. Although that effect was not evident in this specific study, future research should continue to examine this topic and its implications for students as they prepare to become productive, contributing members of society. [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: Grade 10; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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