A Qualitative Study on the Academic Perspectives of Military Families
The purpose of the basic qualitative study was to understand the perspectives of military service members regarding their children’s academic challenges and the support currently provided at military-connected schools. The study aimed to fill the knowledge gap to better prepare stakeholders to support military families during their transitions. The problem was the academic roadblocks students of military service members faced when they moved from one duty station to another. The research study revealed military service members’ perspectives about the academic challenges their children experienced when transitioning from one military installation to another. The study also revealed what military service members perceived about their child’s academic support in school. Data collection involved observable, verifiable, and confirmable evidence to supporting the research questions. Interviews and surveys were used in the study. The participants included 15 military service members, their spouses, and veterans. The following themes emerged from the data analysis: lack of support given to military families, career and family security, minimal support for students with disabilities during relocations, the need for improved communication and consistency, and resiliency and support. Recommendations for further research can be expanded in the following ways: seeking the perspectives of educators, administrators, school district superintendents, and government personnel involved in the policy-making that supports military families.