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Doctor of Education (EdD)
Dr. David Bangs
The purpose of this study was to determine if any predictive effects existed between gender, religious affiliation (church of Christ versus non-church of Christ), academic achievement measured by GPA, longevity measured by years, and college readiness measured by ACT composite scores on academic, social, faculty, and spiritual satisfaction for 12th grade students in four private, Christian schools in Arkansas. This study determined the accuracy of predictor variables in explaining the criterion variables. It also provided an indicator of the percentage of variance on the criterion variables explained by predictor variables and showed how well they explained the varience. It was discovered that gender and religious affiliation were notable predictor variables compared to GPA, longevity, and ACT scores.
A quantitative, nonexperimental, strategy using regression analysis was used in this study of students in four private, Christian schools in Arkansas associated with the churches of Christ. Twelfth grade students in these four schools who had taken the High School Satisfaction Questionnaire in the Spring of 2013 comprised the sample for this study. This sample included 183 students, both male and female—primarily Caucasian— from rural and urban areas across Arkansas.
Gender, religious affiliation, academic achievement measured by GPA, longevity measured by years, and college readiness measured by ACT composite scores served as independent variables. The measure of satisfaction expressed was academic, social, faculty, and spiritual which represented the dependent variables. Although the overall model significantly predicted academic, social, and spiritual satisfaction, it did not significantly predict faculty satisfaction.
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Mathews, Darren, "Factors Predicting the Satisfaction of 12th Grade Students in Christian Schools" (2014). Dissertations. 25.