Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Child, Family and School Psychology

First Advisor

Gloria Miller

Second Advisor

Jeanine Coleman

Third Advisor

Kathy Green

Fourth Advisor

Frederique Chevillot

Fifth Advisor

Christine Nelson

Keywords

Achievement, Choctaw, Choctaw Nation, Indigenous, School psychology, STAR program

Abstract

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has developed a unique initiative to support academic achievement within their tribal territory. The Success Through Academic Recognition (STAR) program is an example of an Indigenously-developed approach to supporting students from grades 2-12, with the hope of promoting achievement, persistence, and engagement. To study the STAR program, a mixed-methods approach was employed to first analyze quantitative demographic and performance data collected from a cohort of high school students from 2014 to 2018. Next, phenomenological interviews were conducted within the same cohort, to describe the lived experiences of STAR students within the Choctaw community. The database portion of this project adds to the existing literature by exploring a previously unresearched academic incentive program, which was wholly developed by and for Native peoples. The interview component of this research provides insight for school psychologists regarding student perceptions of STAR as a Choctaw-developed initiative for educational success, thereby shedding light on the critical components of community and culture which form the foundations for our work with indigenous populations.

Publication Statement

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Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Suzanne Delap

File size

209 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Psychology, Native American studies

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