Students' Perceptions of Academic Efficacy and School Supports: A Mismatch with School Demographics

  • Jason T Hurwitz University of Arizona
  • Kris Bosworth University of Arizona
  • Regina Deil-Amen University of Arizona
  • Cecilia Rios-Aguilar Claremont Graduate University
  • J. Robert Hendricks University of Arizona
  • Eliane B. Rubenstein-Avila University of Arizona
Keywords: college and career readiness, academic efficacy, school supports, high school

Abstract

This exploratory study aimed to (a) identify students beliefs about their abilities and school environments to achieve their college and career aspirations, (b) group schools by students perceptions, and (c) contrast this grouping with grouping by school-level demographics. This secondary analysis examined items from the County Youth Survey administered to 11th-graders (N = 3,751) at 17 local schools. School size and racial and socioeconomic statistics comprised the publicly available data. Principal components analysis identified 17 college and career readiness items representing two dimensions of student perceptions: School Supports and Academic Efficacy. Cluster analysis revealed that schools grouped by these dimensions differed substantially from the demographic groupings.

Author Biographies

Jason T Hurwitz, University of Arizona
Assistant Research Scientist at the Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Research, in the College of Pharmacy at The University of Arizona
Kris Bosworth, University of Arizona

Professor and Smith Endowed Chair

Educational Policy Studies and Practice

College of Education

Regina Deil-Amen, University of Arizona
Associate Professor at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona
Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, Claremont Graduate University
Associate Professor in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University
J. Robert Hendricks, University of Arizona
Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Educational Policy Studies & Practice at the University of Arizona
Eliane B. Rubenstein-Avila, University of Arizona
Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, & Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona
Published
2015-10-15
How to Cite
Hurwitz, J. T., Bosworth, K., Deil-Amen, R., Rios-Aguilar, C., Hendricks, J. R., & Rubenstein-Avila, E. B. (2015). Students’ Perceptions of Academic Efficacy and School Supports: A Mismatch with School Demographics. Current Issues in Education, 18(3). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/1388
Section
Articles