Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The impact of at -risk students enrolled in advanced placement courses on a high school culture
by Posthuma, David, Ed.D., California State University, Fullerton, 2010, 185; 3410552
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to determine student, teacher, and administrator perceptions of AVID students participating in advanced placement courses in high school. Access to advanced placement courses has been limited. Nevertheless, the numbers of students participating in advanced placement courses from all learner groups is increasing. As more AVID students enroll in these courses, it becomes valuable to educational leaders to understand the perspectives of the administration, faculty, and students involved in such courses. The theoretical framework of this study was critical theory, with an emphasis on educational equity and school culture. An ethnographic study was used and included interviews, questionnaires, document review, and observations. Four major themes emerged: (a) past practices of inequity, (b) current practices against inclusion, (c) current practices for improvement, and (d) future action. Overall, the data indicated that, at the school site, past and present gatekeeping practices have restricted and continue to restrict student access to AP courses. Nevertheless, inclusive practices are gaining strength, and an increasing number of AVID students are taking AP classes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Au, Wayne
School: California State University, Fullerton
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 71/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Secondary education
Keywords: AVID, Advanced placement, At risk, High school, Qualitative
Publication Number: 3410552
ISBN: 978-1-124-02782-1
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