Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Teacher and administrator perceptions of a balanced school calendar and its effects on students in poverty
by Smith, Christopher S., Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2009, 154; 3372341
Abstract (Summary)

The creation of this study came out of a need to increase achievement and support services for students living in poverty in the selected school district in Missouri. Due to the large amount of academic regression over the long summer break and the lack of consistent support services for students who live in poverty, a Balanced School Calendar (BSC) was investigated. The researchers conducted surveys and interviews to assess the level of support from parents, teachers, and administrators for a BSC school choice program as an option for implementation at a K-5 elementary school in the selected school district in Missouri. The findings of this study show that there is a significant difference in the perceptions of administrators and teachers about the concept of a BSC, especially in the areas of regression, discipline, support services, teacher stress, relationship building, and willingness to teach in a BSC school.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reid, Terry
Commitee: Kopp, Kevin, Swofford, Brad
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 70/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: School administration
Keywords: Balanced school calendar, Low-income, Poverty, School calendar
Publication Number: 3372341
ISBN: 978-1-109-35283-2
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