Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Vicki Olson

Second Advisor

Lynn Lindow


This study explored the impact on the relationships of ninth grade students with both their peers and their teachers after being students of a middle school looping program. The school district studied was a large suburban district in the Midwest. The students were members of a looping team for their 7th and 8th grade school years. These approximately 150 students and teachers stayed together for the two consecutive years. The majority of these students went on to the 9th grade local high school. The study examined if students were able to initiate and maintain healthy relationships with their peers and teachers in 9th grade. The results of this study strongly suggest that students do not have difficulties with their peer and teacher relationships at the high school after being members of a middle school looping team.


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