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ERIC Number: EJ1001609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1068-610X
Students' Perspectives about Success in Basic Skills English: Dreams of a Common Language
Burroughs, Lauren Halsted
Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, v19 n2 p56-63 Spr 2012
Using a liberatory discourse theoretical framework, this action research study investigated the experiences of students enrolled in basic skills English classes through a series of in-depth focus groups. The data were then analyzed in collaboration with students to draw conclusions. Student voices informed the data at every step of the inquiry process, from data collection to data analysis. This study found that students defined success by their understanding of the course curriculum more frequently than by grades, and that students were more likely to succeed when the curriculum was challenging. The most significant finding of this study was that successful communication between the instructor and students was the greatest facilitator of success, and unsuccessful communication was the greatest barrier to success. This study recognized the voices of students and documented their perspectives so that researchers and practitioners could design programs and implement policies that addressed the needs of students. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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