ERIC Number: EJ794759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Reference Count: 0
African American Educators' Perspectives on the Advanced Placement Opportunity Gap
Taliaferro, Jocelyn DeVance; DeCuir-Gunby, Jessica T.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v40 n2 p164-185 Jun 2008
This study examines perspectives of educators on the advanced placement opportunity gap for African American students. Using interviews with 11 educators from 10 high schools, we explored their perceptions regarding the impact of a local academic achievement program on the enrollment of African American students in honors and advanced placement courses. Results of the analysis suggest that there is a perceived and real gap in the participation of African American students in AP courses. Findings also revealed that educators were concerned about the lack of access for African American students to AP courses. Further, issues of belonging and operational citizenship within the school environment were raised. Recommendations for pedagogical techniques are presented as well as suggestions for future research.
Descriptors: African American Students, Advanced Placement, Academic Achievement, Educational Environment, Honors Curriculum, Equal Education, Access to Education, High School Students, Educational Opportunities, Interviews, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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