After Eight: The Effect of Later School Start Times on Adolescent Learning
Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair
Secondary Advisor/Reader One
The research question addressed in this capstone is, what effect can later school start times have on the sleep patterns of adolescents and their subsequent school experience? The key influences driving this question were the difficulties the author encountered as both a student and teacher of early-morning high school classes, beginning before 8:00 AM. The literature review of the capstone outlines recent research revealing the later, longer sleep pattern needed by most teens, and then discusses the challenges and benefits observed at schools and school districts which have switched to later high school start times to better match adolescent sleep patterns. The author’s own primary research on schools in Washington State, conducted through surveys, interviews, and data analysis, indicates that later start times do seem to improve students’ schooling experience, but can bring some negative consequences which stakeholders must try to ameliorate.
Valaas, Robert Andrew, "After Eight: The Effect of Later School Start Times on Adolescent Learning" (2014). School of Education Student Capstones and Dissertations. 33.
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