Dissertation

The Influence of a Holistic Education on Adolescents' Self-Efficacy

This qualitative, single-case study highlights the significance of holistic education in high schools. The purpose of the study was to examine how a high school with a holistic approach that emphasizes educating the whole child is experienced from the perspective of students, teachers, and administrators. The aim is to examine the influence of holistic education on the development of student self-efficacy. The researcher conducted the study in an English-medium boarding school located in Europe, focusing on adolescents. Data were collected via semi-structured interviews over nine days from five students, three teachers, and two administrators to address the following questions: 1. What are the dominant characteristics of a holistic education at the school? 2. What were the characteristics of students’ experiences in a holistic education? 3. How did these experiences in a holistic school influence students’ self-efficacy? The findings of the study showed that holistic schools had an influence on the self-efficacy of students and that personal growth was evident in this type of program.

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