This study explores whether introducing autokinetics
(self-movement) to at-risk sophomore and junior high school
students would increase their self-concept, school connectedness,
perception of their academic performance, and GPA. In this study,
"at-risk" students are defined as students who have possible drug
and alcohol problems, come from single parent households, have
social issues at school, and/or come from difficult family
situations. The research was conducted in small groups of eight to
ten students over a six-month period. The two experimental and two
control groups were randomly selected. All four groups attended a
forty-minute weekly group session while autokinesis was used only
in the experimental groups. The results of the surveys indicated
there was no statistically significant difference between the
groups; however, the means of the experimental groups showed a
slight increase in grade point average (GPA). Both the control and
experimental groups had an increase in discipline referrals. The
experimental groups' referrals increased less than half of the
control groups'. Additionally, there was a 50% increase in the
students' overall self-concept score.
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