Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Military Middle School Student Classroom Turnover and Student Performance: A Correlational Study
by Sheffield, Katherine L., Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2017, 171; 10689229
Abstract (Summary)

Military students are a population of learners who must move several times during their service member parent's careers. Adolescents may be more affected by these frequent moves, as the moves occur during a crucial time of physical and emotional development. Social capital theory best underpins this research study, as adolescents begin to value the social capital established among peers and then become affected by the breaks in social capital as they are forced to move. The purpose of this correlational study was to examine the degree of the relationship, if any, of military middle school students' standardized test scores and grade level turnover to determine if grade level turnover had an impact on the outcome of the students' annual standardized test scores. Enrollment and archived tests data were collected from 18 DoDEA schools that serve grades six through eight. The independent variable was military middle school classroom turnover, and the dependent variables were the students’ test scores on the TerraNova3. Nine bivariate correlations were conducted for each school year and by grade level to analyze the data. Five subject areas were tested per test, and the results of these 45 analyses indicate 5 weak correlations. Post-hoc Bonferroni and a familywise error correction were conducted to correct the insufficient power and inflated alpha values. The results of this research can be valuable to educators who are unfamiliar with a transient population of learners, more specifically the adolescent military student population and how it could be correlated with academic success.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hardy, Samuel B.
Commitee: Moye, Emily, Strunk, Vicki
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 79/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Middle School education
Keywords: DoDEA, Military children, Military students, Student mobility, Student turnover
Publication Number: 10689229
ISBN: 978-0-355-54551-7
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