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The orientation curriculum in a community college: An interpretive approach


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Abstract (summary)

This study focused on curriculum used in a community college orientation program classroom where most of the students were Hispanic. Curriculum for the purpose of student orientation has become an essential tool for increasing student retention rates at institutions of higher education (Hendel, 2007; National Research Council Publications, 2009). While the objectives of orientation courses and their curricula have been documented, not much is known about how these objectives unfold in classrooms, particularly in classrooms serving Hispanic students.

Qualitative inquiry was the basis for my study. I relied on an ethnographic approach to conduct research that involved gathering data by observing the routine ways in which people make sense of their everyday life (Spindler & Spindler, 1987). Given that I was interested in what and how a professor and students produced as a local version of an orientation course curriculum, how they enacted the curriculum in practice, and with what outcomes, qualitative inquiry using an ethnographic approach was appropriate for my study.

To gain an understanding of the meaning imposed on curriculum in a particular classroom, I examined the three layers that constituted the curriculum in total: the formal curriculum, the enacted curriculum, and the experienced curriculum (Glatthorn, Boschee & Whitehead, 2005; Mendez, 2006; Page, 1991). What the curriculum says should be taught and how it gets taught in the classroom along with what the student hears, learns, and creates are almost always very different things (Sizer, 1999).

Indexing (details)


Subject
Community college education;
Curriculum development;
Hispanic American studies;
Higher education
Classification
0275: Community college education
0727: Curriculum development
0737: Hispanic American studies
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Education; Classroom observations; College retention; Community college; Curriculum; Hispanic; Hispanic student; Orientation; Orientation course
Title
The orientation curriculum in a community college: An interpretive approach
Author
Gutierrez-Hartell, Patricia A.
Number of pages
175
Publication year
2012
Degree date
2012
School code
0459
Source
DAI-A 74/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267593214
Advisor
Mendez, Zulma
Committee member
Hurley, Sandra; Pacheco, Arturo; Rincones, Rodolfo
University/institution
The University of Texas at El Paso
Department
Ed. Leadership & Admin.
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3525765
ProQuest document ID
1039272683
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/1039272683
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