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ERIC Number: EJ1131524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Crossing the Suspension Bridge: Navigating the Road from School Suspension to College Success--How Some Students Have Overcome the Negative Implications of School Suspension to Bridge the Road to College
Kirkman, Chris J.; McNees, Heather; Stickl, Jaimie; Banner, Justin H.; Hewitt, Kimberly K.
Journal of Organizational and Educational Leadership, v2 n1 Article 4 Sep 2016
Out-of-school suspensions for middle and high school students can have negative, long-lasting consequences. Researchers have documented that suspensions have a negative impact on academic development, increase likelihood of dropping out of school, and are associated with a stronger likelihood that students will be involved in the legal system. However, there are students who overcome these negative statistics and matriculate to post-secondary education successfully. This study examines the lived experiences and personal attributes in students' lives that enabled them to overcome a history of suspension to enter and succeed in higher education. Using Bronfenbrenner's ecological model, the study's researchers interviewed individuals who have a history of middle and/or high school suspensions and matriculated to higher education. Findings suggest that sense of belonging; family, home,/school support; and strength of relationships helped participants neutralize the impact and mitigate the negative aspects of suspension.
Descriptors: Suspension, Middle School Students, High School Students, At Risk Students, Postsecondary Education, Student Characteristics, Resilience (Psychology), Interviews, College Attendance, Family Influence, Family Environment, School Role, Interpersonal Relationship, Student School Relationship, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools; Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina