Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Grit and Mindset as Predictors of Student Success in a First-Time Online High School Course
by Phillips-Martinez, Brooke, Ph.D., Northwest Nazarene University, 2017, 128; 10284998
Abstract (Summary)

As online education becomes more available for high school students, the enrollment continues to grow. Unfortunately, the attrition rate is also increasing and educators are challenged to find a better vetting process to determine if students will be successful in his or her first online high school course. Growth mindset and grit have been predictors of success in high attrition situations and in some cases demographics such as age and gender have also been predictors of success. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among grit, mindset, age, and gender to determine if these variables were indicators of success in a student’s first online high school course. A survey was distributed to high school students taking their first online course. Demographic questions were asked, followed by the short version of the grit scale (Grit-S) and a mindset assessment. These items were used to measure the relationships of age, gender, grit, and mindset when compared to the student’s end of course grade. This study was a quantitative approach to gather data and add to the literature for online education. The results of this study did not find a significant difference in student grade when organized by grit, mindset, or gender categories. However, a significant relationship between age and course grade was found to be significant at the p < .05 level. Supplemental analysis showed a significantly larger drop rate in an asynchronous model than a synchronous model. The results of this study will potentially impact one school in changing their course design from asynchronous to synchronous.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Werth, Eric
Commitee: Kissell, Pat, Richens, Greg
School: Northwest Nazarene University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Idaho
Source: DAI-A 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Education, Secondary education, Educational technology
Keywords: Grit, Growth mindset, Online high school, Online learning, Online student success, Predictors of success
Publication Number: 10284998
ISBN: 978-1-369-80524-6
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