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ERIC Number: ED320995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Pages: 50
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Urban Principals: A Critical Perspective on the Context of Minority Student Outcomes.
Reyes, Pedro; Capper, Colleen
The study explores how urban school principals perceive the problem of and solutions to student dropouts, and how these perceptions relate to student outcomes. Using the model of Bossert and his colleagues as a preliminary framework, the study analyzes principal interviews and demographic and questionnaire data. In addition, student outcome data focus on student attitudes and student achievement. Schools in the following areas are studied: (1) Chicago (Illinois); (2) Miami (Florida); (3) Newark (New Jersey); (4) San Antonio (Texas); and (5) Milwaukee (Wisconsin). The findings for each of eight schools are presented separately, and then findings are discussed based on a cross-site analysis. Findings indicate that the context of issues mitigating against student retention range from within the school to placing blame on the student, family, and community. However, the attitudes and achievement levels of students seem to be unrelated to how the principal perceives the context of the student dropout problem. All the principals cite programs and strategies related specifically to school climate, and yet none of them addresses the issue of racial prejudice. None of the principals considers the cultural relevance of the curriculum when they place the context of the dropout problem within the school. The findings of this study imply that if principals care about the educational success of racially diverse students, they must begin to dismantle the unequal power relations inherent in the interactions within the school and with the community. Two figures are included, along with a list of 42 references. (JS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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