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Lack of Human Connections amongst Today’s Students: Fostering the Unmet Socioemotional Need of Belongingness

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According to Hargreaves, Earl, & Ryan (1996), one of the most fundamental reforms needed in secondary or high school education is to make schools into better communities of caring and support among young people. To predict student success, much focus has been placed on academic variables such as that of achievement, mastery, and grade point average. However, at a time in which the dropout rate it at its highest, there appears to be a predictor to high school dropout that is overlooked. This predictor is the socioemotional need of belongingness. It is believed that students who experience acceptance are more highly motivated, engaged in learning, and more committed to school (Osterman, 2000). According to Anderman (2002), student’s perception of belonging or connectedness with one’s school is related to positive academic, psychological, and behavioral outcomes during adolescence.
This paper will focus on forty students from four different schools who are currently in the eighth grade and who are at risk for potentially dropping out of high school. These students have exhibited behavioral and academic problems that place them at risk. This paper will reveal the need to foster belongingness to decrease one’s risk of becoming disengaged in the educational process. Ten students from each school have been selected. Each cohort has been paired with a mentor within their school in which they will have individual as well as group time together. The paper will explore the development of relationships between students and mentors (teachers) and the subsequent development of student’s feelings of belongingness. Each cohort will serve as a community within the school. The development of human connections will increase one’s sense of belongingness and thereby increase engagement and decrease behavioral problems.
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Gaines, Tenille. "Lack of Human Connections amongst Today’s Students: Fostering the Unmet Socioemotional Need of Belongingness" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the UCEA Annual Convention, Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, California, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p377265_index.html>

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Gaines, T. "Lack of Human Connections amongst Today’s Students: Fostering the Unmet Socioemotional Need of Belongingness" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the UCEA Annual Convention, Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, California <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p377265_index.html

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Abstract: According to Hargreaves, Earl, & Ryan (1996), one of the most fundamental reforms needed in secondary or high school education is to make schools into better communities of caring and support among young people. To predict student success, much focus has been placed on academic variables such as that of achievement, mastery, and grade point average. However, at a time in which the dropout rate it at its highest, there appears to be a predictor to high school dropout that is overlooked. This predictor is the socioemotional need of belongingness. It is believed that students who experience acceptance are more highly motivated, engaged in learning, and more committed to school (Osterman, 2000). According to Anderman (2002), student’s perception of belonging or connectedness with one’s school is related to positive academic, psychological, and behavioral outcomes during adolescence.
This paper will focus on forty students from four different schools who are currently in the eighth grade and who are at risk for potentially dropping out of high school. These students have exhibited behavioral and academic problems that place them at risk. This paper will reveal the need to foster belongingness to decrease one’s risk of becoming disengaged in the educational process. Ten students from each school have been selected. Each cohort has been paired with a mentor within their school in which they will have individual as well as group time together. The paper will explore the development of relationships between students and mentors (teachers) and the subsequent development of student’s feelings of belongingness. Each cohort will serve as a community within the school. The development of human connections will increase one’s sense of belongingness and thereby increase engagement and decrease behavioral problems.


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