Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Ninth grade transition: Best practices for a successful transition to high school
by Anderson, Sharon L., Ph.D., Capella University, 2008, 168; 3310725
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the study was to focus on the issues surrounding the need for effective activities for successful ninth grade transition from students' perspectives in differing environments. Students face challenges transitioning successfully from middle school to high school. This topic has been an area of concern for educators, students, parents, and community members. Researchers have identified ninth grade as the most critical point to intervene and prevent students from losing motivation, failing and dropping out of school. Students face academic, procedural and social challenges transitioning successfully from middle school to high school (Ascher, 2006, The ninth grade - A precarious time for the potential dropout). This study addresses the need for ninth-grade transition best practices from the perspective of students and will review the literature using three main areas: academic, procedural, and social. Participants for the study included tenth graders in at least two schools of differing environments who have had the opportunity to participate in transition activities. This study incorporated both quantitative and qualitative methods in a mixed-method design. Data was obtained from a Likert-type survey instrument which addressed academic, procedural, and social transition questions. Small focus groups were used for follow-up questions. Data was analyzed to determine transition effectiveness from student perspectives. Recommendations for best practices for ninth-grade transition are included as well as recommendations for further study.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Beazley, Jackson (Skot)
Commitee: Lacey, Tracey, Romines, Kenneth
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 69/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: School administration, Academic guidance counseling
Keywords: Best practices, High school, Ninth-grade transition
Publication Number: 3310725
ISBN: 978-0-549-58923-5
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