Document Details

Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Evaluating Urban and Rural Teacher Reactions to Retention Research
Author:   Serina Dawn Myles Wright
College:   Graduate School of Education and Professional Development
Degree Program:   School Psychology, Ed.S.
Degree:   Education Specialist
Committee Director:   Fred Jay Krieg
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   August 2011

The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether there was a significant difference between changes in opinion of rural and urban teachers when presented with research regarding grade retention. Additionally, for individuals who initially showed to have beliefs not aligned with retention research, the researcher sought to determine whether they showed changes in beliefs. The study used findings from two related studies in which the participants were given a pre-survey, followed by an online presentation on grade-level retention outcomes. The participants were given a post-survey to assess opinion changes. To compare rural and urban groups, mixed model ANOVA was used. When evaluating change for those initially not aligned, t-tests were used for each item and ANOVA was used for overall change on post-survey. Results indicated there was no significant difference in opinion change between rural and urban teachers. Those whose initial responses were in contradiction to research showed a significant change. 

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