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Wade, Carol H.; Sonnert, Gerhard; Sadler, Philip M.; Hazari, Zahra – American Secondary Education, 2017
Using data from the first National study on high school preparation for college calculus success, the Factors Influencing College Success in Mathematics (FICSMath) project, this article connects student high school instructional experiences to college calculus performance. The findings reported here reveal that students were better prepared for…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Secondary School Mathematics, College Mathematics, Calculus
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Fuller, Rhema D.; Lawrence, S. Malia; Harrison, C. Keith; Eyanson, Jeff; Osika, Lauren – American Secondary Education, 2017
The purpose of the study reported in this article was to investigate high school teachers' perceptions of special privilege given to student-athletes. Additionally, researchers sought to explore teachers' perceptions as to why these privileges exist and who controls them. Qualitative data were collected from the teaching staff (N = 40) at one high…
Descriptors: High School Students, Athletes, Teacher Attitudes, Athletic Coaches
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Peters, Randal; Kruse, Jerrid; Buckmiller, Tom; Townsley, Matt – American Secondary Education, 2017
Variations of the question, "How are you doing in school?" are among those most frequently posed by adults to students (Reeves, 2004). Grades represent the primary source of that information; indeed, Olson (1995) called grades "one of the most sacred traditions in American education" (p. 24). There is so much trust in the…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Resistance (Psychology), Grading, Academic Standards
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Thomas, Kevin; Muñoz, Marco A. – American Secondary Education, 2016
This study examined the survey responses of 628 high school students in a large urban school district to determine their perceptions of mobile phone use in the classroom. Findings indicated that the majority of students (90.7%) were using a variety of mobile phone features for school-related work. Student support for instructional uses of phones,…
Descriptors: High School Students, Handheld Devices, Urban Schools, Technology Uses in Education
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Hoover, Ariel – American Secondary Education, 2016
Community activities can be an important part of the transition to adulthood, but many students with disabilities miss those experiences because they are not offered in their community or high school. This lack of opportunities in schools may account for the discrepancy that is found after high school graduation between the employment rates of…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Transitional Programs, Service Learning, Summer Programs
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Bennett, Jo – American Secondary Education, 2016
This qualitative study considered how a high school in the south central United States serving predominantly immigrant students from Mexico and Central America made use of older Hispanic or Latino staff members as surrogate or stand-in grandparents (fondly called "abuelitos" by the students). The caring, intergenerational relationships…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Immigrants, Hispanic American Students, Older Adults
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Wiesman, Jeff – American Secondary Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to compare novice and experienced teachers' perceptions of student motivation at the high school level and to determine if the teachers were likely to incorporate research-based techniques. Survey data were collected on the following motivational constructs: intrinsic and extrinsic motivation; performance, mastery,…
Descriptors: Experienced Teachers, Novices, Student Motivation, High School Students
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Parke, Carol S. – American Secondary Education, 2016
This study provides an illustration of the ways in which schools can use intra-group analysis to identify salient factors related to achievement and to raise questions for further analysis. Previous research has analyzed data between demographic subgroups. This study, however, analyzes differences within the Black student cohort of one school…
Descriptors: High School Students, Mathematics Achievement, Urban Schools, School Districts
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Skedgell, Kyleigh; Kearney, Christopher A. – American Secondary Education, 2016
The present study examined the relationship between school absenteeism severity and specific clinical and family variables in middle and high school youth aged 11-19 years recruited from two truancy settings. School absenteeism severity was defined as a percentage of full school days missed from the current academic year at the time of assessment…
Descriptors: Truancy, Attendance, Predictor Variables, Middle School Students
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Wasserberg, Martin J.; Rottman, Amy – American Secondary Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine African American and Latino student perceptions on test-centered curricular protocols in the urban high school context. Data collection occurred through observations, classroom dialogue initiated by the researchers, and individual student interviews throughout an academic semester. Findings suggest that…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Attitudes, Urban Schools, African American Students
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Grundmeyer, Trenton – American Secondary Education, 2015
Educators and parents alike often wonder what secondary students remember from a class after the semester is over. This study examined that question by looking at test data for participants who retook their semester final 77 days after they originally took it. Students were retested in World Geography, Algebra II and Physical Science. The findings…
Descriptors: High School Students, Retention (Psychology), Test Results, World Geography
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Vega, Desireé; Moore, James L., III; Miranda, Antoinette H. – American Secondary Education, 2015
Drawing on a larger study, this qualitative investigation explored the factors that African American and Latino high school students perceived as barriers to positive educational opportunities. Eighteen African American and Latino urban high school students comprised the sample. The findings indicated that perceived barriers to positive…
Descriptors: Barriers, Academic Achievement, Qualitative Research, African American Students
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Murzyn, Amy; Hughes, Trudie – American Secondary Education, 2015
This multiple case study described the experiences of case managers making mathematics placement decisions for high school students with high incidence disabilities. Participants included three parents, three students, three case managers, three mathematics teachers, and three administrators from different high schools across rural, suburban and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Placement, Mathematics Education, Secondary School Mathematics
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Judson, Eugene; Hobson, Angela – American Secondary Education, 2015
This exploratory study examined and compared overall trends in growth and student achievement of the Advanced Placement (AP) program. Using data from the past two decades, analyses indicated there has been steady and extensive growth of AP participation, particularly among underclassmen and some minority groups. However, overall achievement, as…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Achievement Tests, High School Students, Trend Analysis
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Knickerbocker, Joan L. – American Secondary Education, 2014
Feature films provide a significant form of historical evidence about a culture even when they are fictional. Like books, films are texts that can be analyzed, questioned, and discussed. Vintage films can, therefore, add a valuable new dimension to the history classroom. This article examines how popular films of the 1940s reveal the values,…
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, Primary Sources, Evidence
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