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ERIC Number: EJ829383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0146-9282
What Does GPA in an Urban High School Actually Mean?
Steward, Robbie J.; Hill, Martin F.; Neil, Douglas M.; Pritchett, Tiffany; Wabaunsee, Ah-Sha-Ni
Educational Considerations, v36 n1 p11-16 Fall 2008
The purpose of this researcher-school collaborative study was to examine factors which might be intervenable by urban high school counselors in assisting at-risk students. There were two primary objectives. The first was to examine the degree to which urban adolescents' academic competence predicts cumulative grade point average (GPA). The second objective was to examine the relationship between academic preparedness and teacher perceptions of student honorability, where student honorability referred to positive vs. negative classroom behavior. Because of the potential influence of teacher perceptions, high student attrition rates associated with academic failure, the limited population of college bound students within urban settings, and the subsequent potential loss of human capital to general society, this study was specifically limited to an urban high school setting. The authors hope that this study will add to the current body of literature on current grading practices and assist teachers and school counselors in identifying effective interventions. (Contains 3 tables and 31 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Counselors; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A