Presentation Title

School Connectedness: An Examination of Relationships between Students and School Staff

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

School

School of Sciences and Social Sciences

Discipline

Psychology

Mentor

Karen Jennings, Lawrence Welkowitz, Patrice Strifert

Abstract

While efforts to reduce U.S. school drop-out rates have met with some success in recent years, a significant number of adolescents continue to leave school prematurely. My project explores the relationship of students’ perceptions of connectedness to their school. Variables that may impact student retention are examined. These include participation in school activities, GPA, perceptions of safety, and relationships with peers and school staff. The research focuses on student and staff relationships, to determine if they either build or hinder connectedness to school. The Culture of Excellence and Ethics Assessment, a survey that examines students’ connectedness to their school, peers and school staff, will be used. High school aged students will be the population for this correlational study that serves as a first step toward understanding variables that put some students at-risk for dropping out of school.

Grant Funded

1

Type of Grant

Student Grant

Grant Name

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

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School Connectedness: An Examination of Relationships between Students and School Staff

While efforts to reduce U.S. school drop-out rates have met with some success in recent years, a significant number of adolescents continue to leave school prematurely. My project explores the relationship of students’ perceptions of connectedness to their school. Variables that may impact student retention are examined. These include participation in school activities, GPA, perceptions of safety, and relationships with peers and school staff. The research focuses on student and staff relationships, to determine if they either build or hinder connectedness to school. The Culture of Excellence and Ethics Assessment, a survey that examines students’ connectedness to their school, peers and school staff, will be used. High school aged students will be the population for this correlational study that serves as a first step toward understanding variables that put some students at-risk for dropping out of school.