AVID students' perceptions of intelligence : a mixed methods study.

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dc.contributor.advisor Talbert, Tony L. Becker, John Darrell. 2012-05
dc.description.abstract Students' perceptions of intelligence have been shown to have an effect on learning. Students who see intelligence as something that can be developed, those with a growth mindset, often experience academic success, while those who perceive intelligence to be a fixed entity are typically less likely to take on challenging learning experiences and tend to respond negatively to setbacks in learning. The purpose of this study was to assess whether a college preparatory intervention known as Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), through its system of academic and social supports for students, has an effect on participating students' perceptions of intelligence. Participants in the sequential, embedded, mixed methods study were 54 students participating in the AVID program, and 43 demographically similar non-AVID students at a Central Texas high school. Participating students' perceptions of intelligence was measured in an online environment using Carol Dweck's three-item survey, which comprised the quantitative data. Qualitative data collection involved participating students answering open-ended questions related to the curriculum and instruction in the AVID classroom that influence students' perceptions of intelligence. AVID students whose score indicated a growth mindset were selected for qualitative data analysis. Quantitative results showed no statistical difference between AVID and non-AVID students' perceptions of intelligence, including students with two or more year's exposure to the AVID program. However, the qualitative data revealed that AVID students are hearing messages and participating in activities consistent with the growth mindset, and they report that AVID has affected their perceptions of what it means to be "smart." en_US
dc.publisher en
dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject AVID. en_US
dc.subject Intelligence. en_US
dc.subject Motivation. en_US
dc.subject Growth mindset. en_US
dc.title AVID students' perceptions of intelligence : a mixed methods study. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Ed.D. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en_US
dc.contributor.department Curriculum and Instruction. en_US
dc.contributor.schools Baylor University. Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction. en_US

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