THE IMPACT OF THE SAFE SCHOOLS HEALTHY STUDENTS INITIATIVE ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

dc.contributor.authorRiojas, Jesse G.
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-10T20:52:18Z
dc.date.available2014-11-10T20:52:18Z
dc.date.issued11/10/2014
dc.descriptionSubmitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of DOCTOR OF EDUCATION in EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texasen_US
dc.description.abstractOne premise for students to experience academic achievement is the need to have a safe school environment. The Safe Schools Healthy Students (SS/HS) initiative was established by the Department of Education to provide support for creating an educational setting that gives an opportunity for every student to prosper. It involved the implementation of a comprehensive community-wide partnership plan of action focused on establishing healthy childhood development to provide the students with skills needed to address alcohol abuse and domestic violence. The initiative serves as the basis for the study to investigate its impact on the academic achievement of high school students in mathematics, reading, science, and social studies. The Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and Bandura's Self-efficacy Theory guided the study. The study focused on students in two rural school districts in South Texas. The analysis focused on students for whom the data was available who had participated in the 2009, 2011, and 2012 administration of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests during the funding duration of the SS/HS grant and passed all sections at the first administration. The students were divided into two groups-those that participated in the initiative, characteristic-present (N = 31-34) and a comparison group (N = 44-48). An ex post facto, causal-comparative design was employed. No causal inferences were drawn due to the non-experimental nature of the study. The initial results of the study showed that the characteristic-present group outperformed the comparison group in all subject fields. When the outcome measures were adjusted on the basis of at-risk status of the students, however, the analysis showed that group differences were not statistically significant. Thus, the findings suggest that the SS/HS students could have benefited from the additional programs that focused on environmental concerns, domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health concerns, and violence prevention programs. Participants in the study were less likely to be academically at risk than were the students in the comparison groups who had not received the additional program support. The SS/HS initiative can be instrumental in providing the structure which enables the students to be in a safe learning environment that promotes academic success.en_US
dc.description.collegeCollege of Education and Human Developmenten_US
dc.description.departmentEducational Leadership, Curriculum & Instructionen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.6/576
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.rightsThis material is made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with its source. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the author and/or publisher.en_US
dc.subjectacademic achievementen_US
dc.subjectbandura's self-efficacy theoryen_US
dc.subjectmaslow's hierarchy of needsen_US
dc.subjectsafe schools environmentsen_US
dc.subjectsafe schools healthy studentsen_US
dc.subjectviolence prevention programsen_US
dc.titleTHE IMPACT OF THE SAFE SCHOOLS HEALTHY STUDENTS INITIATIVE ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTSen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.type.genreDissertationen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Leadershipen_US
thesis.degree.grantorTexas A & M University--Corpus Christien_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Educationen_US

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