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ERIC Number: EJ1085657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Perceptions of School Experiences during the First Semester of Middle School
Buehler, Cheryl; Fletcher, Anne C.; Johnston, Carol; Weymouth, Bridget B.
School Community Journal, v25 n2 p55-83 2015
Symbolic interaction and stage-environment fit theories were used to examine associations between several aspects of the perceived school environment and youths' school-related experiences during the first semester of middle school in a sample of 390 youth living in a southeastern U.S. county. Perceived school environment included learning climate, academic rigor, teacher support, and school safety. School-related experiences included school satisfaction, engagement in school, and successful efforts to avoid getting into trouble at school. School satisfaction was predicted by a positive learning climate, teacher support, and school safety. Engagement was predicted by a positive learning climate and teacher support. Trouble avoidance was predicted by school safety. Some of these associations differed by prior grades, for boys and girls, and for Black, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic White youth. The findings provide important information that can guide development of support systems for youth as they enter middle school.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Educational Experience, Student Experience, Student Satisfaction, Educational Environment, School Safety, Learner Engagement, Predictor Variables, Gender Differences, Teacher Student Relationship, Racial Differences, Grades (Scholastic), Academic Achievement, Grade 5, African American Students, Hispanic American Students, White Students, Questionnaires, Student Behavior, Measures (Individuals), Profiles, Structural Equation Models, Regression (Statistics), Ethnicity, Teacher Expectations of Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
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