School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Primary Subject Area
Education, General; Psychology, General
Hawkins, Stephanie Kim, "Economically Disadvantaged Students: A Case Study of Resilient Qualities that Encourage Academic Success" (2011). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 415.
This case study examined academically successful economically disadvantaged (ED) students from one intact Caucasian family through parents', students', and teachers' perceptions of the reasons for resilience. The problem is that little research exists exploring qualities of academically successful ED Caucasian students. Because being a high school dropout significantly affects students, families, schools, and society, risk factors were explored; protective factors that help students overcome risk factors were also investigated. This study describes why academically successful ED students from one intact Caucasian family in Tennessee thrive despite risk factors working against them. Findings include the importance of Christian faith to the family in the case study and its positive effect on academic achievement. Suggestions for further research are also included.