Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The middle school experience: A Latina perspective
by Bottiger, Laurie, Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2010, 147; 3391150
Abstract (Summary)

Middle School best practice recommendations are represented in the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Schools to Watch criteria. Middle School best practice appears to be informed by research including samples of policy makers, administrators, teachers and parents. It appears that the student voice may be missing. Extant research suggests that responding to students' perception is critical for learning to take place. This study will focus on gathering students' descriptions of their school experiences in an inner city middle school for low income girls. After collecting and analyzing the students' perceptions, the study will address whether a student sample adds to data gathered from education professionals. Student data will be gathered through phenomenological interviews. The sample was selected because its students appear to be overcoming negative outcomes associated with at-risk Latina students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Friedman-Nimz, Reva
Commitee: Frey, Bruce, Mahlios, Mark, McKnight, Phil, White, Steven
School: University of Kansas
Department: Curriculum and Teaching
School Location: United States -- Kansas
Source: DAI-A 71/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle School education, Curriculum development, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Best practice, Girls, Girls of color, Latina, Low-income, Middle school
Publication Number: 3391150
ISBN: 978-1-109-62873-9
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