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ERIC Number: EJ1035968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Making Hope Happen in the Classroom
Lopez, Shane J.
Phi Delta Kappan, v95 n2 p19-22 Oct 2013
More than 50 studies have examined the role of hope in predicting the performance of elementary, middle school, high school, and college students. In each, hope predicted test scores and term GPA. In many studies, hope was a significant predictor of student success even when controlling for previous grades, intelligence, and other psychological variables (like engagement, optimism, and self-efficacy). The takeaway from all the studies is that, other conditions being equal, hope leads to a 12% bump in school outcomes. One study showed that low-hope students are three times more likely to be dismissed from school for poor grades. Another study, which pitted hope against ACT scores, found that hope is a better predictor of ongoing enrollment and graduation than this standardized entrance exam. There are many ways to make hope happen. The author discusses three of them: Ask students to work on goals that really matter to them; teach students "where there's a way, there's will," and; show students how to set action triggers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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