Date of Award

Fall 12-2006

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Leadership and Research

Committee Chair

Dr. Ronald Styron

Committee Member 2

Dr. Mary Nell McNeese

Committee Member 3

Dr. Wanda Maulding

Committee Member 4

Dr. Rose McNeese

Abstract

This study examines the factors that impact the conduct of fifth grade African- American male students who participated in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten (ECLS-K). The participants in this study are located throughout the United States of America. These students attend private and public schools. The data for this study were provided by the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education. The researcher utilized ECLS-K’s Public Use Data File and Electronic Codebook to create an SPSS syntax file in order to measure the factors that impact the conduct of fifth grade African- American male students, therefore providing recommendations for K-12 administrators in the areas of family structure, motivation, attention level, reading achievement, sweets consumption, reading intervention, and conduct. A partial correlation was conducted that showed that SES, family structure, attention level, and standardized reading scores were strong mediating factors, r(403) = 326, p < .003. The hierarchical multiple regression showed that motivation, sweets purchase with implied consumption and reading interventions controlling for reading scores, SES, attention, and family structure predicted conduct even more accurately, R2 change = .066, F - (17,475) = 3.51 \ , p = .000. Suggestions for future studies are presented as well.