Purpose Of The Study

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Purpose of the Study
The purpose of this investigation was to explore Latino middle school (sixth, seventh, and eighth grades) at-risk students’ perceptions of leadership. There are, however, an array of spurious variables that certainly influence attitudes about leadership. Since this study is a non-experimental design, it is unable to account for many of these variables. The variables to be analyzed include: school district, gender, grade level, grades, ethnicity, and “with whom they live”.
Conceptual Definitions
The findings of this study are to be reviewed within the context of the following definitions of terms associated with this study:
1. At-risk – youth identified by 13 at-risk indicators defined by the Texas Education Agency.
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Also referred to as English learners.
12. Middle school – school with no grade lower than fifth and no grade higher than eighth.
13. Socioeconomic status (SES) is a variables defined operationally by NCEA on the basis of students’ participation in programs delivering Federal Title I services, such as free or reduced-priced breakfasts, free or reduced-priced lunches, and subsidized transportation services including busing, travel passes, and parental compensation.

Research Questions
1. Is there a relationship between minority students’ perception of themselves as leaders and the students’ school district, gender, grade level, grades, ethnicity, and “with whom they live”?
2. Is there a relationship between minority students’ perception or their belief that others see them as leaders and the students’ school district, gender, grade level, grades, ethnicity, and “with whom they live”?
3. Is there a relationship between minority students’ desire to be a leader when they grow up and the students’ school district, gender, grade level, grades, ethnicity, and “with whom they live”?
4. Is there a relationship between minority students’ perception that anyone can learn to be a leader and the school district, gender, grade level, grades, ethnicity, and “with whom they live”?
5. Is there a relationship between minority students’ perception of the need for leaders and the students’ school district, gender, grade
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