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ERIC Number: EJ788909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1066-5684
"In the Real World No One Drops Their Standards for You": Academic Rigor in a College Worker Education Program
Schnee, Emily
Equity & Excellence in Education, v41 n1 p62-80 Jan 2008
When they graduate I want them to feel, "I went through a real thing, not an approximation of college, but I went through college and that means something!" (Adjunct Instructor) This article explores the complexity of providing an academically rigorous college education to adult students enrolled in a union-supported worker education program affiliated with a large urban public university. The author examines differences in student and faculty perspectives on academic rigor and considers how students' lack of academic preparation intersects with institutional constraints to impact academic standards. She examines the role of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in determining academic expectations and outcomes and explores the complex and, at times, conflicting relationship between care and academic rigor. She highlights the crucial role of institutional constraints in hindering the implementation of rigorous education for academically under-prepared students. The author argues that high academic standards are an issue of educational equity for working class students of color and are integral to the social justice mission of the worker education program. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A