Teaching M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Farrington, Karin

Second Reader

Charles Strand;


Learning is social, emotional, and academic. Piecing together these elements in conjunction with applying scientific research based on these areas will help to ensure a basis for which students may be successful in the classes they choose to take in high school, or their elective courses. Research shows that student success stems from students having their basic needs met in order for them to be able to focus on other information being presented to them and their ability to absorb and apply that information to what they already know. Students must also be supported both academically with provided support by the educational learning community, and emotionally by the educational learning community, and their greater community as a whole. When these elements come together and are introduced to a positive learning environment, the outcome of student success is almost guaranteed. That being said, the definition of student success is one that continues to remain as vastly defined as the number of unique human beings on this planet. This thesis reviews existing research and literature on these subjects to help answer the question: how 9-12 grade students find success in elective courses in the United States.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis