Title

Creating a Ninth-Grade Community of Care

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Keywords

adolescent development, care, community of care, high school, personalized learning environment

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1080/00220670903383085

Abstract

This qualitative case study analyzed how one large high school created a community of care for ninth-grade students. Data were collected during the 2006–2007 school year, including observations, individual interviews, and focus group interviews of 1 female teacher and 9 of her students. Findings suggest the Freshman Focus teachers and program helped to establish three caring relationships (teacher to program, teacher to student, program to student) that promoted a community of care. The development of positive teacher beliefs about students, supportive teacher–student relationships, and the promotion of academic and life skills may help create a caring community in which students are the primary receivers of care.

Citation / Publisher Attribution

The Journal of Educational Research, v. 103, issue 6, p. 393-406

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