ERIC Number: EJ835339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
Making the Most of Adolescence: Harnessing the Search for Identity to Understand Classroom Belonging
Faircloth, Beverly S.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v24 n3 p321-348 2009
This qualitative study investigated the relationship between adolescents' sense of school belonging and opportunities to integrate aspects of their identity with their 9th-grade English assignments. The study provided evidence of a positive relationship between these two experiences for an ethnically diverse group of students. Moreover, issues of identity (connections made with issues that were important to the self, connections with their background, and the ability to make themselves known) contributed significantly to belonging. Students' sense of connection and engagement in their classroom was supported while they participated in activities designed to encourage curricular connections with their identity and culture.
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, Adolescents, Grade 9, English Instruction, Assignments, Ethnicity, Student Diversity, Student School Relationship, Qualitative Research, Student Attitudes, Course Content, Learner Engagement, Cultural Background, High School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
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