ERIC Number: ED327620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Route to Graduation: Perceptions of General Curriculum Students. Final Report.
Damico, Sandra Bowman; And Others
This study reports students' perceptions of their school's curriculum, support services, attendance policies, and social-learning climate. The study analyzed the interview responses of a sample of 236 students, administrators, teachers, and counselors at 6 Florida high schools representing a range of graduation rates. The following general findings are reported: (1) students give equal emphasis to academic and social engagement as the factors influencing academic persistence; (2) schools varied in their orientation to students; and (3) overcrowding had a negative effect on all problems. Key findings include the following: (1) students do not distinguish between the subject matter of their courses and the instructional strategy by which it was delivered; (2) students prefer teachers who use a variety of instructional strategies; (3) many students do not make use of support services; (4) all groups agreed that student services left general curriculum students to fend for themselves; (5) schools in high-graduation districts publicize students' individual achievements; (6) all students desire both order and equal enforcement of conduct codes; (7) crowded halls, limited opportunities for social interaction, irrelevant course content, and teacher indifference are cited as the common reasons for tardiness and cutting classes; (8) principals in the high-graduation schools communicate the school's mission publicly and repeatedly; (9) schools that were clean and displayed positively worded signs had higher graduation rates than those that were dirty and displayed negatively worded signs; and (10) all schools have been slow to respond to increasing student diversity. references, a table of statistical data, and an explanation of references, a table of statistical data, and an explanation of coding categories are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Office of Policy Research and Improvement.
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville.
Note: Funded by the Florida Institute of Government.