Mercer, Terrence (1972) A context evaluation of the effects of transfer on the personal, social, and academic adjustment of students who leave Churchill Falls after Grade IX to attend Grade X outside Churchill Falls. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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This project was designed to produce information which could be used by the administrators of the Eric G, Lambert School at Churchill Falls Labrador in making decisions about their present school programs. -- Of major concern to the administrators is that presently the school offers instruction in Grades Kindergarten to IX and consideration is being given to extending the school to Grades X and XI. -- The effects of transfer on the personal, social, and academic adjustment of students who leave Churchill Falls after Grade IX to attend Grade X in schools outside Churchill Falls became the focal point of this project. -- A review of relevant literature gave very little insight into the problem being examined. -- A posttest only control group research design was chosen in which two similar groups were examined. One group known as the transfer group had experienced the transfer to Grade X and the other group known as the non-transfer group had not experienced the transition to Grade X. The transfer group consisted of forty students who had transferred from Grade IX in Churchill Falls to Grade X outside Churchill Falls and the non-transfer group consisted of forty-three Grade VIII and Grade IX students presently in Churchill Falls and who had not yet experienced the transfer. -- Eight instruments were used to collect the data from the two groups. Semantic differentials, teacher ratings, questionnaires, and anecdotal descriptions were used in the collection of data about the personal adjustment of the students. Teacher ratings, social participation checklists, sociometric devices, and questionnaires were used for social adjustment information. Academic adjustment of students was measured by using academic rankings, questionnaires and students' marks. -- Data was collected from parents, students, and the school of the non-transfer group during a visit to Churchill Falls by the investigator. Information from the transferred group was collected mainly through the mail. -- Comparisons were made between the data collected for both groups and descriptive statistics were used in the analysis of data. Findings were presented followed by discussions of the findings. -- Conclusions, recommendations, and suggestions for further research were made in the report. In general it was concluded that the students who had not yet transferred had apprehensions about attending Grade X outside Churchill Falls partly because they thought that they were not adequately prepared by the Eric G. Lambert School. Examination of the transferred students indicated that there was no support for the apprehensions of the non-transferred students. The Eric G. Lambert School appears to have prepared the students academically. -- Both students and parents perceived transferring to Grade X as beneficial in that it provided greater opportunity to socialize but the data collected indicated that the transferred students did not appear as well off socially as the students in Churchill Falls. -- Students who had experienced the transfer were more concerned with disadvantages of transferring than were the students who had not yet experienced the transfer. -- The actual number of returns from the transferred students was not very high but those that were received were mostly from people still residing in Churchill Falls. Many of these indicated that they would be staying in Churchill Falls as part of the permanent staff. Therefore, in general, it was felt that the returns were indicative of the views of the future parents and students of Churchill Falls. -- Briefly, it was concluded that the advantages of transferring to Grade X outside Churchill Falls and the disadvantages of attending school in Churchill Falls as perceived by the students and parents were not supported by the data. It was suggested that guidance programs geared towards these problems were needed.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Additional Information:||Bibliography: leaves 98-99.|
|Department(s):||Education, Faculty of|
|Geographic Location:||Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador--Churchill Falls|
|Library of Congress Subject Heading:||Students--Churchill Falls--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador; Adjustment (Psychology)|
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