Date Approved

7-9-2003

Embargo Period

5-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Monahan, Thomas

Subject(s)

High school students--Attitudes

Disciplines

Secondary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the sources of negative attitudes in a high school environment through interviews and journal writing as a basis for qualitative data. A sample of convenience was chosen that included six students with varied characteristics of interest for the study. Students were asked to respond to journal prompts at 3-day intervals and were interviewed for 25 minutes regarding their attitude toward school. Sources identified in this study to be contributors to a negative attitude toward school are incompatible teachers and teaching style, failure to have basic needs of the students met, and the social surroundings of the school. Also studied was the extent to which culture/ethnicity and relevancy of instructional material had an effect on attitudes toward school.

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