ERIC Number: EJ1046679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
The Value of People, Place and Possibilities: A Multiple Case Study of Rural High School Completion
Wilcox, Kristen Campbell; Angelis, Janet I.; Baker, Linda; Lawson, Hal A.
Journal of Research in Rural Education, v29 n9 2014
What are the qualities of classroom, school, and district processes and practices in rural high schools with higher-than average graduation rates? How do these processes and practices compare with rural schools with histories of average graduation rates? In this study, six schools were sampled for a multiple case study of rural high school completion. Four had higher-than-average graduation rates, while two had average rates. All six schools were visited by site teams who conducted 63 interviews and collected documentary evidence of practices and processes related to high school graduation. Using cross-case analytic procedures, we found several important contrasts between the two sets of sample schools. Differences in graduation outcomes in these rural schools were associated with (1) the qualities of academic goals, expectations, and learning opportunities; (2) the nature of individual and collective educator efficacy; (3) the strategies educators used to develop and maintain family relationships and engage community members; and (4) mechanisms for adapting instruction and employing interventions for students at risk of dropping out.
Descriptors: Rural Schools, High School Students, High Schools, Graduation, High School Graduates, Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Educational Objectives, Goal Orientation, Expectation, Student Educational Objectives, Educational Opportunities, Teacher Effectiveness, Family Relationship, Family School Relationship, School Community Relationship, Intervention, Dropouts, Dropout Prevention, At Risk Students, Graduation Rate, Educational Policy, Regression (Statistics), Statistical Significance, Institutional Characteristics, Semi Structured Interviews
Penn State University College of Education, Center on Rural Education and Communities. 310B Rackley Building, University Park, PA 16802. Tel: 814-863-2031; Web site: http://www.jrre.psu.edu/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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