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ERIC Number: EJ1004339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1059-308X
The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program: Providing Cultural Capital and College Access to Low-Income Students
Bernhardt, Philip Evan
School Community Journal, v23 n1 p203-222 2013
This field report investigates how the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, a college-readiness system targeting populations traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, provides students with consistent academic support while enrolled in a rigorous course of study. The report also addresses strategies AVID utilizes to engage students and families in the college preparation process as well as the various ways successful AVID programs foster a strong sense of community within schools. As a way to closely examine the depth and breadth of this well-regarded precollegiate program from a number of perspectives, four distinct but interrelated lenses are utilized. First, AVID is introduced to orient readers to its purpose, scope, and significance. Second, a brief review of research related to college access documents the barriers low-income students frequently face in the pursuit of higher education. This data further situates both the relevance and importance of the program. Third, a discussion of cultural capital draws attention to the multiple challenges low-income students encounter in school and documents the program's methods for facilitating both intellectual and affective growth. This analysis highlights how AVID's structure and philosophical orientation encourage and support the development of meaningful relationships among teachers, school staff, and program participants and their families. The article concludes by considering potential challenges administrators and teachers may confront when implementing AVID and offering practical recommendations that could benefit ALL students and their families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A