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Social Class of High School Students and Influences on Student Engagement
by Kuanda, Tayari Atiba Azikiwe, Ed.D., University of Redlands, 2013, 261; 3687634
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study focused on social class and its influences on student engagement in high school settings. The study employed a narrative inquiry approach. Through the examination of narratives of the participants, this study sought to discover the ways in which students, parents, teachers, and administrators think about, view, and act upon their understanding of social class as it relates to student engagement. The researcher conducted the study at three high schools in the Desert Mountain region of San Bernardino County located in Southern California. The schools were selected based upon their socioeconomic makeup as measured by the percentage of students who qualified for free and/or reduced lunch (PFRL). The narratives were all screened for emerging themes related to social class and student engagement. In addition, the narratives were analyzed to find instances of commonalities and differences. The results of this study revealed that social class is identified in various manners; it also revealed that although social class plays an important role in education, social class alone does not predict academic achievement. The results of this study may aid in increases to graduation rates, thereby an obvious reduction in dropout rates especially as it relates to social class.

Keywords: social class, engagement, influences, high school, policies, dropout rate.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lalas, Jose W.
Commitee: Franklin, Carol A., Hunt, Christopher H.
School: University of Redlands
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 76/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Teacher education
Keywords: Drop out rate, Education policy, High school, Influence, Social class, Student engagement
Publication Number: 3687634
ISBN: 978-1-321-65297-0
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