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dc.contributor.advisorCash, Scottye
dc.creatorKolesar, Laine
dc.descriptionOutstanding Honors Thesis for Social Work-Honorable Mentionen_US
dc.description.abstractMiddle school students, especially those of racial minorities and low socioeconomic status, face a multitude of barriers when striving for academic success. The wide range of possible barriers is what led me to ask the question of how middle school students themselves perceive their own barriers to academic achievement. What do they think is the most influential factor in their academic success? What do they see as a problem in their classrooms and communities? I also sought to explore how these perceptions are affected by self-efficacy and race. This was achieved through a survey administered to a sample of 88 middle school students. The survey included questions designed to assess self-efficacy and perceived barriers to academic success, in addition to questions about basic demographic information (age, race, and gender). Results indicate that there are meaningful differences in self-efficacy based on gender and race. There are also differences in how participants perceive certain barriers, such as teacher cultural competency, based on race. The majority of participants agree that being tired and/or hungry in school is a barrier to their academic success. My study adds to existing knowledge of what causes the achievement gap. It also provides direction for future school social work practice, both within the school at which my research was conducted, and in schools that are struggling with similar issues.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOSU College of Social Worken_US
dc.publisherThe Ohio State Universityen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThe Ohio State University. College of Social Work Honors Theses; 2017en_US
dc.subjecteducation reformen_US
dc.subjectmiddle schoolen_US
dc.subjectsocial worken_US
dc.titleBreaking Down the Barriers to Academic Success: Middle School Students' Perceptions of Barriers to Academic Achievementen_US
dc.description.embargoNo embargoen_US
dc.description.academicmajorAcademic Major: Social Worken_US

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