Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Dr. Pamela Spooner

Second Advisor

Dr. Jodi Elder

Third Advisor

Dr. Randy Caffey

Abstract

This mixed-methods study examined the perceptions of kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers on the impact gender had on the academics and behavioral performance of students from divorced settings. The researcher electronically contacted 332 kindergarten through eighth-grade educators from Mid-Missouri. Out of the 332 teachers, 84 chose to complete the on-line survey, Perceptions of Children of Divorce, consisting of 34 Likert-scale items and four open-ended questions. Based on the findings, the researcher determined kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers perceived the gender of the child from a divorced situation influenced the academics and behavioral performance. In addition, teachers perceived there to be more behavioral issues than academic issues, especially in boys. Throughout the survey findings, educators noted the importance of positive co-parenting relationships and divorce care programs for students experiencing a parental divorce. Future research on the impact divorce programs have on children of divorce would be beneficial to educators and parents.

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