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ERIC Number: ED552485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 103
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2679-2526-8
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School Culture through the Perspectives of Student Hope, Engagement, and Well-Being
Sandoval, Michael P.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Efforts to reform the educational system in the United States from 1954-2012 have failed to recognize the importance of the students' perspective about a school's culture and its impact on student achievement. This study addressed the problem of an achievement gap that exists between high poverty schools and their more affluent counterparts in a North Texas school district. Student performance is critical because schools who do not meet accountability standards receive state and federal sanctions. The purpose of this correlational study was to investigate the relationship between student perceptions of contributors to school culture as measured by the Gallup Student Poll (GSP) and student achievement as measured by the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills in reading and math. The theoretical framework included components of organizational health, or its culture, and their importance to student learning. The central research questions focused on the investigation of the relationship between student hope, engagement, and well-being to student achievement in reading and math. Data were collected from students in Grades 5-8 in elementary and middle schools (n = 105) that participated in the October 2010 GSP. A Pearson correlation analysis revealed that significant relationships existed only between engagement and student achievement in reading r (105) = 0.309 and math r (105) = 0.448. A recommendation is that school leaders expand their understanding of school culture from the students' perspective and its potential value to school reform efforts. The findings contribute to social change by demonstrating the importance of student engagement and its potential effect on student achievement and illustrating that student perception can inform leaders about their campus culture. [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: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas