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ERIC Number: EJ1131524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2380-0860
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.
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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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
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