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ERIC Number: EJ839565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1056-3997
Enrichment and Exposure in Secondary Literacy: Evaluating a Programmatic Response to Institutional Diversity Initiatives
Chapman, Thandeka K.; Hobbel, Nikola
Mid-Western Educational Researcher, v19 n2 p13-18, 23-27 Spr 2006
The following paper presents the findings from an evaluative research project that investigated the merits and challenges of an academic bridge program between Milwaukee Public School high school students and the University of Wisconsin Madison. Using a mixed-method design, the researchers focused on evaluating the three-week writing workshops held during the first two summers of the program. Data were collected from students who had already taken the workshops and currently are en-rolled at the university. The analysis reflects needed alterations in the program as well as political and educational struggles indicative of large urban districts that are beyond the scope of the program. The researchers discuss the tension between providing multicultural learning experiences that are geared towards enriching students' engagement in writing and with literature, on the one hand, and providing more technical skill-based exercises to supplement gaps in their high school curricula on the other. The researchers suggest that bridge programs that attempt to recruit and retain students from urban areas with high fluctuations in academic rigor from school to school face certain challenges when building a comprehensive program that meets the needs of the targeted population. As public universities continue to address disparities among various groups that have access to higher education, attempts to connect universities to the varying affective and academic needs of African American, Latino, and Asian American students from urban districts prove an important piece of these ongoing conversations. (Contains 3 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin