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Teachers' and parents' conceptions of students' academic success and failure

Nina Hočevar (2017) Teachers' and parents' conceptions of students' academic success and failure. MSc thesis.

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    Personal conceptions regarding academic (in)efficiency are directing the thinking and behaviour of all those involved in the educational process. Due to the subjectivity and complexity of personal conceptions, the individuals are experiencing academic (in)efficiency differently. Also, various factors contribute to students academic (in)efficiency, including teachers and parents. The Master's thesis deals with personal conceptions of teachers and parents about academic (in)efficiency. In the theoretical part I introduced the characteristics of personal conceptions, the creating factors of personal conceptions and factors of academic (in)efficiency. In the empirical part of the Master’s thesis I researched what personal conceptions regarding the academic (in)efficiency teachers and parents of students from 3rd to 9th grade have, and which factors might affect it. The data were acquired using a questionnaire for teachers and a questionnaire for parents. The pattern of the research constitutes of 246 respondents, 102 teachers and 144 parents. The results show that both respondents have similar conceptions regarding academic (in)efficiency well as of (in)efficient students. Nevertheless, there are some differences in certain respects. Both, teachers and parents understand that academic (in)efficiency falls under subjective and relative nature and that it is affected by various factors. The teachers believe that academic success depends on students’ motivations for school work, whereas the academic failure is caused by the lack of it. On the other hand, the parents believe that academic success of children is mostly influenced by efficient teachers’ approach and that academic failure is a result of inefficient teachers’ approach. In comparison with the teachers, parents have more subjective view on academic (in)efficiency. They attribute the (in)efficiency mostly to external factors, while teachers believe that it is caused mostly by internal factors. Teachers estimate that their personal conceptions were largely influenced by their work experience, meanwhile parents advocate that in most cases those are the reflections of their own personal life experiences. On the basis of theoretical insights and empirical results of the Master’s thesis I formulated the strategies i.e. methods of work of school counselors i.e. social pedagogues with teachers and parents on the area regarding recognition and coping with academic (in)efficiency.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: personal conceptions, factors of formation, academic (in)efficiency, factors of academic (in)efficiency, teachers, parents
    Number of Pages: 122
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Alenka PolakMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11652425)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 4578
    Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2017 11:34
    Last Modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:34
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/4578

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