School of Education
Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)
Janet Sue Deck
Sports, extracurricular activities, Football, High School, funding, teachers, parents, administrators, connections, attachments, Ainsworth, Bowlby
Education | Special Education and Teaching
Allison, Devin Rakin Sr, "Football Connections Impact on High School Graduation: A Qualitative Study" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4443.
The purpose of this case study was to understand the influences that playing high school football has on graduation. The theories guiding this study were the theory of connectedness and the theory of attachment and how students' connections to football helped them achieve the goal of graduation. Ainsworth and Bowlby and their theories of attachment were used to tie football as an extracurricular activity to graduation and why educators push for students to be involved. I attempted to show the benefits that involvement in football helps a student succeed in high school. Themes like connections, support, and academics were revealed through research that showed that with these themes as keys, the individuals who participated in this study were able to graduate from high school.