The purpose of this study was to examine the components of the Early College High School (ECHS) program model to determine how it has impacted the educational development and college preparation of the participants as perceived by core program teachers and administrators. The question that guided this study was: What are the perceptions of the ECHS core academic teachers and administrators regarding the effects, if any, of the ECHS program on students with respect to achievement, motivation, post-secondary aspirations, college readiness and preparation? This qualitative, exploratory case study included detailed and in-depth data collection from seven participants involved in the Early College High School Program.
Information in the study included the following findings: (1) The ECHS program was successful at reducing the educational gap in minority students. (2) Five emergent themes: Perceptions of parental factors; Perceptions of community factors; Perceptions of standards and achievement; and Challenges in the implementation of the ECHS program. (3) The conceptual framework to interpret the data included funds of knowledge, social and cultural capital and support systems. The following are recommendations for further study. (1) Students associated with this study were kept on the home high school campus rather than being detached from the home campus and housed at or near the University. Therefore, further research should be conducted to determine the benefits of this type of model. (2) As this study reflected views mainly concerning Hispanic culture, further studies should be conducted on whether cultural components unique to other cultures could be incorporated into the existing ECHS program to address other educational gaps. (3) Research should be conducted on funds of knowledge, and social and cultural capital specific to different cultures. Information gained from this could be used to address deficiencies of current practices.
|Commitee:||Merchant, Betty, Murakami-Ramalho, Elizabeth, Rodriguez, Mariela A.|
|School:||The University of Texas at San Antonio|
|Department:||Edcuational Leadership & Policy Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Texas|
|Source:||DAI-A 68/11, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Secondary education, Curriculum development|
|Keywords:||College preparation, Early college high school, Motivation|
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