Student Needs Survey: A comparison of student responses

Tron H Wilder, Tennessee State University

Abstract

This research explores the connection between the Adventist education philosophy and William Glasser's choice theory. The Student Needs Survey (SNS) was administered to 350 students in third through eighth grades comprising three groups: those attending Adventist schools, those attending public schools, and those attending non-Adventist private schools. A one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was conducted to determine whether significant differences exist between the three types of schools on the overall SNS composite. Of particular interest was whether or not students attending Adventist schools achieved higher ratings than students in public schools or non-Adventist private schools. In addition, differences among subscales were analyzed through a one-way multifactorial analysis of variance (MANOVA) to determine whether there were significant differences between the three types of schools on any of the five basic needs subscales of the SNS. Results of the ANOVA revealed that there were no significant differences between the three types of schools on the overall SNS composite scale. Results of the MANOVA showed that there were no significant differences between the three types of schools on the Survival, Belonging, Power or Fun subscales. However, the three groups differed significantly on the Freedom subscale, with students attending public schools indicating higher scores than students attending Adventist schools or non-Adventist private schools. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Social|Education, Educational Psychology

Recommended Citation

Tron H Wilder, "Student Needs Survey: A comparison of student responses" (2012). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3540664.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3540664

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