Unpacking Middle School students' perceptions regarding influences on academic success

Tracy Worthington

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    This single site case study examined influences on student success, as perceived by twelve selected sixth grade students (ages 11-12), at a mid-West U.S. middle school (grades 6-8). Using a strengths-based positivist approach, it examined how and why participants thought they had been academically successful during their first year of secondary school. Analysis of the resulting student-centered narrative applied elements of ecological systems theory to determine home, school, and community influences on academic success. This study reinforces the importance of listening to students, recognising the role student voice can have to improve the overall teaching and learning environment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)43-64
    Number of pages22
    JournalEducational Practice and Theory
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


    • student voice
    • student success
    • middle school
    • achievement


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