Paper Type

Doctoral Dissertation


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)



NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. Department of Leadership, School Counseling & Sports Management

First Advisor

Dr. Linda Skrla

Second Advisor

Dr. David Hoppey

Third Advisor

Dr. Anne Swanson

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Sylvia Johnson


The purpose of this qualitative study is to examine the perspectives of overage graduates who completed years of schooling as an overage student. The following research question guided this inquiry: From the perspective of graduates who were two-or-three years overage for grade, what social, emotional, academic or other issues affected their schooling? Sequential qualitative interviewing of four participants that completed school overage for grade provided data for this study. The data was analyzed with the use of the constant comparative method and synthesized into emergent themes.

The participants reported their perceptions in the context of four specific areas: Interactions with peers, teachers, and administration during their years of schooling; Interactions with family during their years of schooling; description of the times they were retained in grade; a time they may have wanted to drop out of school; description of any other occurrences of events they wanted to share in light of the topic being overage for grade. The findings provided narrative insight into what it was like to experience schooling two or more years overage for grade. There is a lack of research in the area of overage students; therefore, this study seeks to help fill some of the gaps in current research.