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ERIC Number: EJ901786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1082-7161
Appalachian Origin Moderates the Association between School Connectedness and GPA: Two Exploratory Studies
Wilson, Steffen; Gore, Jonathan
Journal of Appalachian Studies, v15 n1-2 p70-86 Spr-Fall 2009
It was hypothesized that students who come from central Appalachia, a region in the country that emphasizes and promotes collectivism and social connections, will experience greater academic benefit from a high level of perceived connectedness to the university than mainstream students who originate from regions that have more of an individualistic emphasis. To test this hypothesis, the relationship between connectedness to the university, student regional origin, and self-reported GPA was investigated in two studies. It was found in both studies that the association between school connectedness and GPA was positive among central Appalachian students, but there was no association among the non-Appalachian students. Implications for facilitating the success and retention of central Appalachian students are discussed. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky