ERIC Number: EJ1098693
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Inclusive STEM High Schools Increase Opportunities for Underrepresented Students
Spillane, Nancy K.; Lynch, Sharon J.; Ford, Michael R.
Phi Delta Kappan, v97 n8 p54-59 May 2016
The authors report on a study of eight inclusive STEM high schools that are designed to increase the numbers of students in demographic groups underrepresented in STEM. As STEM schools, they have had broader and deeper STEM coursework (taken by all students) than required by their respective states and school districts; they also had outcome indicators that demonstrated substantial academic achievement and other measures of school success. One of the unique features of the schools was how their administrative structures were organized and how leadership was distributed among school administration, teachers, and sometimes students. Each school held a clear sense of its mission-driven purpose: to graduate students prepared for STEM college majors, including students from underrepresented groups. These schools blurred boundaries between formal and informal education, reconfiguring relationships among teachers, students, and knowledge.
Descriptors: STEM Education, High School Students, Disproportionate Representation, Access to Education, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Styles, College Preparation, Majors (Students), At Risk Students, Institutional Mission, Communities of Practice, Educational Innovation, Participative Decision Making, High Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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