Capstone/Dissertation Title

The impacts of homerooms on student connectedness and academic success

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project is, how do effective senior-high homeroom programs affect the perceived connectedness between staff and students? This research focuses on how homerooms, if effectively implemented can increase the sense of connectedness that students feel at their high school. The work of Smerdon documents the correlation between a students perceived membership in school with the school's use of a homeroom. Osofsky, Sinner, and Wolk stress the importance purpose and leadership as fundamental aspects of effective homerooms. This research, which studied the homeroom program at two high schools, supports the claim that homerooms can foster the growth of connectedness for students and through connectedness can improve academic success.

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