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Exploratory Case Study: Middle School Student Self-EfficacyFrom Parental Perspectives
by Alsop, Cassandra, Ed.D., American College of Education, 2020, 180; 28391143
Abstract (Summary)

The vision of the Colorado Department of Education focuses on ensuring every student receives a quality education to be successful citizens, but state assessment data reveal persistent achievement gaps between various student groups at the middle school level across all content areas. Research to improve student achievement and reduce the achievement gap could impact the efforts of educators and the future success of all students. Self-efficacy research identifies the positive relationship between academic self-efficacy and academic success. A gap in the literature is a lack of understanding of how middle school parents/legal guardians perceive students' individual levels of academic self-efficacy in relation to actual student self-efficacy levels impacted by various learning barriers. Key research questions explored parental/legal guardian perceptions of middle school student academic self-efficacy levels, barriers impacting academic success, and the impact of perseverance on student success. The purpose of the exploratory case study was to examine parental/legal guardian perceptions of middle school student academic self-efficacy levels, barriers to academic success, and the impact of perseverance on building positive academic self-efficacy. The research population for the qualitative exploratory single-case study was parents/legal guardians of middle school students in Grades 6 through 8 with a sample size of 15 voluntary participants. Data collection included an academic self-efficacy questionnaire, in-depth interviews, and document analysis. Data analysis procedures included inductive coding, axial coding, and thematic analysis. The results revealed the key themes of impacts on student effort, supporting student needs, and building confidence through life experiences. Findings from the case study included the important role of positive and supportive relationships to promote high academic self-efficacy and academic success.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hickman, Dawn
Commitee: Coomer, Traci
School: American College of Education
Department: Education in Leadership; Curriculum and Instruction
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Middle School education, Education, Secondary education
Keywords: Academic self-efficacy, Parental perspectives, Preseverance
Publication Number: 28391143
ISBN: 9798569969869
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