Relationships between Sense of Community and Academic Achievement: A Comparison among High School Students

By Mervyn Wighting, Deanna Nisbet and Lucinda Spaulding.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper reports on a research study measuring the constructs of community and academic achievement and examining the relationship between them. The authors’ research compares sense of community and academic achievement among 11th grade students attending three independent high schools in a southeastern US state. Implications for teachers of high school students are discussed.

Keywords: Sense of School Community, Academic Achievement, High School Students

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.63-72. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.255MB).

Dr. Mervyn Wighting

Associate Professor, School of Education, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Mervyn J. Wighting, originally from the south of England, has considerable experience in the education of people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and has taught in a variety of institutions in the United Kingdom and in Europe. Dr. Wighting has lived in the United States for the past twelve years, where he has worked in public and independent schools as well as in higher education. He possesses a Virginia professional teaching license with endorsements as a principal and as a teacher in middle and secondary education. He has taught extensively through both face to face instruction and distance education, and is a strong advocate of lifelong learning.

Dr. Deanna Nisbet

Associate Professor, School of Education, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Dr. Deanna Nisbet is an Associate Professor and Director of the TESOL Program in the School of Education at Regent University. Her areas of expertise and research include first and second language acquisition, literacy for second language learners, classroom community, and research related to Chinese students of English as a second or foreign language. Dr. Nisbet developed and presently oversees the Regent TESOL program, as well as partnerships with school districts in the Hampton Roads, VA area, for the training of current and prospective ESL teachers and tutors.

Dr. Lucinda Spaulding

Assistant Professor, School of Education, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, USA

Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Lucinda S. Spaulding is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She has taught in general education, special education, and inclusion settings at the elementary level in the United States and ESL at the high school level in Japan. Her research interests include resilience in children and youth, standards based reform and educational policy, specific learning disability and methods of best practice, and the history of special education.

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