Honors Theses


Susan Ferguson, M.S.


Teacher Education

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Under-resourced children often experience multiple stressors in their everyday lives that can negatively impact their performance in schools. However, numerous research studies have shown that the most significant protective factor for under-resourced children is a caring, adult relationship. This study focuses on what needs to happen in the teacher-student relationship in order for the teacher to be that protective relationship. Building the teacher-student relationship aids all children, not just under-resourced children, in developing the academic, social and emotional skills necessary to be successful in the classroom. Development and presence of academic perseverance and an academic mindset of students are the two central skills analyzed and integrated into this study to support teachers in better educating the whole child.

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Undergraduate research


Education | Educational Leadership | Elementary Education