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The Opportunity Gap in the Age of Accountability: Experiences of Students from One Urban District

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Author: Greene, Danielle
Advisor: Stoddard, Jeremy
Committee Members: Allen, Jody L.; Donnor, Jamel
Issued Date: 2012-04
Subjects: Opportunity
Accountability
Education
Teacher Effectiveness
Self-Esteem
Motivation
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/16697
Description: Based on analysis of the 5 case studies of student reports about their experiences and perspectives of Fillmore Public Schools, four major findings emerged: 1) teacher effectiveness is key, especially regarding the high expectations teachers hold for their students academically and attempts to develop professional but caring relationships with students; 2) the involvement of the participants' families and friends in a student's academic career is extremely important but can take many forms to promote success; 3) student motivation and beliefs about the quality of their education hinges in part on how they view the quality of their schools, teachers, and peers, and how they view their school within the larger school system and as compared to neighboring school systems; and 4) that there is a large gulf in educational opportunities between students who come from poorly funded school systems and from poorer communities, continuing a cycle of low educational attainment and limited economic opportunities.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies


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