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ERIC Number: EJ974004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1932-202X
Out of the Mouths of Babes: Early College High School Students' Transformational Learning Experiences
McDonald, Denise; Farrell, Tina
Journal of Advanced Academics, v23 n3 p217-248 Aug 2012
Focus Group interviews with 31 disadvantaged students in an Early College High School (ECHS) program present insights to students' experience in the hybrid school, specifically regarding their perceptions of college readiness. Student "voice" in research can yield significant information when examining aspects of school design that potentially support postsecondary preparation. Three constructs of college readiness were investigated: academic preparedness, social preparedness, and personal preparedness. Themes and subthemes that emerged in data analysis include the following: "Readiness" with subthemes of Academic Assessment, Autonomy, Discipline, Responsibility, and Management of Time; "Learning Community" with subthemes of Social Acclimation, Corporate Accountability, and Caring Relationships; "Identity" with subthemes of Anonymity, Transitional Tensions and Triumphs, Scholarly "Self," and Mirrored Maturity; and "Productivity" with subthemes of Future Focus and Delayed Gratification. Findings indicate that the ECHS experience supported students' acclimation to college-level work and significantly affected their collegiate identity. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas