ERIC Number: EJ1089049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Enhancing School Connectedness: Teachers' Perceived Confidence in Positively Connecting Students to School
Vidourek, Rebecca A.; King, Keith A.
International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, v2 n2 p85-94 2014
The present study examined teachers' perceived confidence in using strategies to positively connect students to school. A total of 419 teachers in Ohio elementary and middle schools were surveyed (60% response rate). Results indicated that teachers felt slightly confident to confident in their abilities to positively connect students to school. Teachers in elementary (grades 1-3) and rural schools felt significantly more confident than those in middle (grades 4-6) and urban schools in their abilities to use school connectedness strategies. Those who felt positively connected to their students felt significantly more likely than their counterparts to use school connectedness strategies. Teachers reporting high use of school connectedness strategies felt significantly more confident than teachers who reported low use of strategies to connect students to school. These findings should be considered when developing school connectedness training programs for teachers.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Teacher Attitudes, Student School Relationship, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Surveys, Self Esteem, Urban Schools, Rural Schools, Instructional Program Divisions, Teacher Characteristics, Statistical Analysis, Multivariate Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio
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