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ERIC Number: ED497811
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
"It's Kind of Different": Student Experiences in Two Early College High Schools
Wolk, Ronald A.
Jobs for the Future
This report focuses on the efforts of two troubled high schools (Wallis Annenberg High School in Los Angeles and Dayton (OH) Early College Academy) to launch early college programs. These two schools are a new breed of institution that combines high school and college into a coherent educational program and helps to bridge the gap between graduating from high school and entering and succeeding in college. Because it is somewhat counterintuitive to take adolescents who are already at an educational disadvantage and push them further and faster, and because the idea is largely untested, a long-term research project was launched to track the progress of early college high schools and their impact on students. Conducted by researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the study has completed its first year with encouraging findings that are summarized in this document. With only its first phase completed, the research project's findings are preliminary and much remains to be learned. Still, the findings to date are compatible with previous research on effective schools. The key findings from surveys of and interviews with members of the early college high school community focus on eight areas: (1) An educational identity; (2) Continuous support; (3) Caring relationships; (4) Support for staff; (5) Challenging environment; (6) Importance of learning spaces; (7) Constructing knowledge; and (8) Widespread and intense commitment.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.