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ERIC Number: EJ1205217
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1527-9316
Students' Sense of Belonging: The Development of a Predictive Retention Model
Davis, Glenn M.; Hanzsek-Brill, Melissa B.; Petzold, Mark Carl; Robinson, David H.
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v19 n1 p117-127 Feb 2019
Educational institutions increasingly recognize the role that student belonging plays in retention. Many studies in this area focus on helping students improve a sense of belonging before they matriculate or identifying belonging as a reason for their departure. This study measures students' sense of belonging at key transition points during the first year and finds that social belonging and academic performance are both strong predictors of retention that are not necessarily correlated. These results suggest that a comprehensive, focused outreach protocol that encompasses both social and academic factors could have a positive impact on student persistence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1742517