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ERIC Number: ED556684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 108
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3037-3240-9
An Examination of Perceptions Associated with Enrollment Procedures and Students Placement in Advanced Placement Courses in Northeast Louisiana
Vidrine, Brent
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Louisiana at Monroe
The purpose of the study was to investigate participation rates of minorities and economically disadvantaged students in Advanced Placement programs in selected high schools in Northeast Louisiana. Advanced Placement programs in high schools generally promote higher level education courses. The focus of the investigation was perceptions held by educators charged with overseeing and enrolling students in Advanced Placement courses in three school districts; Lincoln Parish, Monroe City Schools, and Ouachita Parish. Eworo-Enfuma (2004) cited "inconsistently implemented policies and subjunctive decision making by faculty in policy enforcement" (p.3), as possible explanations for the lack of student diversity in Advanced Placement courses. The researcher used a research design instrument to determine the insights and differences among principals, assistant principals, counselors, and Advanced Placement teachers. The School Leader Advanced Placement Program Questioner survey consisted of questions on a Likert Scale which included a section on demographics Advanced Placement. The first part of the instrument examined fairness in the enrollment process for students in the Advanced Placement courses among administrators, guidance counselors, and Advanced Placement teachers. The second part of the instrument examined whether there were clear guidelines and policies governing the enrollment process for Advanced Placement courses and whether there were differences in whether economically disadvantaged students were deemed qualified to be enrolled in Advanced Placement courses. Also, the second part of the survey consisted of questions based on independent variables such as respondents' position, years' experience in education, gender, and ethnicity. Educators, parents, students, and various other groups of people linked to education were concerned with educational rigor which is the intent of Advanced Placement Programs. Therefore, decreased enrollment into Advanced Placement Programs was a concern. The researcher documented information from the survey to determine whether enrollment procedures differed from school-to-school and/or position of employee in selected schools throughout Northeast Louisiana. If student enrollment in Advanced Placement Programs was to increase with regard to minority groups and economically disadvantaged students, then the perceptions among educators needed to be assessed in order to identify areas of weaknesses in the low participation rate in Advanced Placement Programs. [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: Louisiana