Senior high school student opinions of the need for a ninth grade academic transition program Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to investigate the need for an academic transition program at the beginning of the high school experience for 90 to 100 critical - need ninth grade students at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington. Opinions of ninth and twelfth grade high school students with a high grade point average and those with a low grade point average were measured to determine the justification for such a program. In order to determine whether or not there were differences of opinions it was necessary to pinpoint the differences between the two groups. A thirty - one item survey utilizing a Likert type scale was developed to assess the opinions of both groups of students. The Likert type scale was chosen because it would be more adequate for the measurement of degrees of opinion concerning topics or issues to be presented to the high school students sampled-in the study. The thirty - one item survey was administered to a ninth grade population of approximately four hundred and twenty-five students and a twelfth grade population of approximately three hundred and fifty students at North Thurston High School. T-scores on the two groups were used to determine if significance existed between the means of the two groups. Factors analysis was then selected to cluster survey items resulting in the formation of ten factors. The utilization of a two by two ANOVA design then determined that significant difference existed in three of the ten factors. On the basis of the data collected it can be concluded that the hypothesis cannot be rejected. The study requires the necessity of an academic entry program for critical - need ninth grade students. The evidence suggests that the middle level block program approach of teachers, administrators, and support staff might be the most appropriate curriculum arrangement. Furthermore, such a curriculum arrangement with need to give attention to the various ways of knowing teenagers and seriously engaging them in school studies, be less restricted /dominated by the textbook, become less fragmented into separated subjects include a study skills program oriented to the unique needs of the critical - need ninth grade students, enlist the involvement of teachers who enjoy teaching ninth graders, and institute an advisor - advisee program in which teachers will fulfill multiple obligations (teacher - counselor - advisor - manager). It can be concluded that critical - need ninth grade students would benefit from such an creative alternative to present high school curriculum organization and insturction.
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