Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Building boys into men: The relationship between discipline and spirituality in high school males
by Smith, Dewain E., Ph.D., Capella University, 2013, 187; 3564233
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative, ethnographic study was to discover whether a relationship exists between discipline and spirituality in high school males. This study is important because it will apply traditional reasons for Catholics to send their children to private Catholic schools, to the disciplined curricular rigor and spiritual environment offered at one single-gender, military and college preparatory, Catholic high school. This qualitative, ethnographic study investigated the relationship between discipline and spirituality, and the researcher was a participant-observer. The participants were stakeholders, ranging from 18 to 65 years of age. The following data was used for purposes of triangulation: interviews with students, parents, alumni, teachers (faculty group), and observations of teacher practice; a preference survey of alumni; and a comparative study of randomly selected blind (unnamed) student data, from JROTC and Administration records. These data were collected and analyzed to provide validity and integrity to interpreted qualitative data, and added a quantitative component to the study. The researcher's analysis considered the data collected to identify the themes that emerged, and to find the voice of the stakeholder community. The study revealed 8 broad sub-themes that were paired as follows: (a) choice and culture; (b) brotherhood and camaraderie; (c) acculturation and enjoyment; and (d) Catholic and Mass. From the sub-theme pairs 4 overarching major themes emerged. They were choice, brotherhood, acculturation, and Catholic. These major themes represent the heart of the investigation. The study revealed that a relationship does exist between discipline and spirituality. This study contributes to the academic discussion, regarding single-gender education, and a positive learning environment. This study presents an invitation to future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Marrapodi, Michael
Commitee: Doran, Cheryl, O'Brien, Stephen
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 74/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational psychology, Secondary education, Spirituality
Keywords: Boys, Catholic education, Curricular rigor, Discipline, Positive learning environment, Single-gender education, Spirituality
Publication Number: 3564233
ISBN: 978-1-303-12972-8
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