Author: Dr. Linda Howard
Title: Implementation and Evaluation of Strategies to Increase Self-Efficacy Perceptions and Academic Achievement in
Teenaged Mothers Enrolled in an Alternative School
Institution: Nova Southeastern University
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Project Activities and Significant Findings
The major activities of the project included (1) mentoring following the Ellison Model of Inclusive Community Building; (2) empowerment sessions led by female role models; (3) journaling based on the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (Covey, 1998); (4) visits to two local universities--Nova Southeastern University and Florida Memorial University; (5) a “River of Life” exercise and discussion designed to promote reflection on the past and planning for the future; (6) pre- and post project measurement of Self-Efficacy Scales (modified SES, Howard, Rice, & Taylor, 2005) to determine changes in participants’ self-efficacy perceptions over the 18-week period of the study; and (7) review of participants’ quarterly reading grades to determine academic progress during the 18 weeks of the study. Each of these is discussed in the sections that follow.