Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the College Readiness and Success of Linked Learning Pathway Graduates
by Lewis, Keeley Anne, Ed.D., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 168; 28091727
Abstract (Summary)

In order to be college ready, 21st century high school graduates must be equipped with a wide range of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to successfully transition into, through and beyond college. In 2009 Linked Learning emerged as a promising reform approach to secondary education, the heart of which is the pathway experience, which aims to prepare students for both college and career success.

To understand the extent to which the Linked Learning approach prepares pathway graduates to successfully transition into and through college, this qualitative interview study explored the perceptions and experiences of 20 Linked Learning pathway graduates who had transitioned into, and are persisting through, a four-year university. Participants were asked to reflect on their high school pathway experiences and the perceived strengths of the Linked Learning approach in supporting their college readiness development and, ultimately, their transition and adjustment in college.

Findings indicate the Linked Learning pathway experience fostered participants’ development of valuable college readiness knowledge, skills, and dispositions that then translated to successful college-going experiences. In particular, this study found participants benefited from the following Linked Learning Pathway experiences, including access to real-world, integrated academics that were challenging, relevant, and collaborative; opportunities to engage in active learning through Project-Based Learning and Work-Based Learning experiences; and a supportive pathway community that modeled college-level expectations. The findings of this study also revealed opportunities to strengthen the Linked Learning pathway approach to more effectively prepare pathway graduates for the academic, personal/social, and institutional navigation realities of college life. Recommendations for policy makers, practitioners, and future researchers to address these opportunity areas are presented.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Haviland, Don, Scott, James
Commitee: Biolchino, Erin
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational administration, Higher education, Educational leadership, Education Policy, Educational sociology
Keywords: College readiness, College success, Linked learning, Career success, College-going experiences
Publication Number: 28091727
ISBN: 9798698595519
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