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ERIC Number: ED515388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 210
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-1690-0
Establishing College Preparatory Conditions and a College-Going Culture in California Charter High Schools
Koven, Karyn Ashley
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles
Despite the large number of students entering high school, in our nation's urban centers with high minority populations, graduation rates are at "crisis levels" (The Civil Rights Project, 2005). Research shows a demonstrated relationship between high school graduation, college attendance and degree completion and the student's race and income. Underprivileged students are most likely not to have access to college counseling for a variety of reasons. In order to address this national challenge, there has been an intense focus on improving secondary schools and increasing student readiness for college and work. As California strives for ways to improve public schools, it is important to look at the contribution of charter schools to reform literature in order to identify potential ways to establish college-preparatory conditions including a college-going culture in all public schools. The purpose of this research was to provide detailed case studies and summaries of six California charter high schools that had the highest college-going rates and demonstrated principles of established college-preparatory conditions, including a college going culture. Qualitative methods were used to document the process by which charter school educators established college-preparatory conditions. A total of 18 interviews were conducted with leaders at each of the six chosen school sites. The interview protocol was based on indicators of a college-going culture as delineated in the "Nine Principles of a College-Going Culture" (McClafferty, McDonough, & Nunez, 2002). I also identified what leaders recognized as most important in order to increase the college preparation and college going rates for all students. The key findings in this study established that many practices the charter schools engaged in could be replicated in schools interested in improving college-going rates and establishing a college-going culture. Charter schools may offer ways for school reformers to explore possibilities for improved student achievement by adapting their models or means of counseling to other charter or non-charter schools. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California