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Where is the learning in smaller learning communities? Academic press, social support for learning, and academic engagement in smaller learning community classrooms


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Abstract (summary)

The extent to which Academic Press and strong social relationships impact Academic Engagement in smaller learning communities (SLCs) situated in large comprehensive urban high schools was investigated. Data were collected through classroom observations, student questionnaires and focus groups with teachers and analyzed using descriptive statistics, multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA), and content analysis of focus interview transcripts. Findings from the survey data confirm those found in much of the existing literature, namely that students experiencing high levels of Academic Press were more often the most academically engaged. This finding was also confirmed for African American students in high Academic Press math classes. Social Support for Learning was not confirmed as a key factor in Academic Engagement. Descriptive statistics indicated moderate to low levels of Academic Press, Social Support for Learning and Academic Engagement in student self report data and in classroom observations. Results from focus groups of teachers participating in smaller learning communities identified themes suggesting that much of the Academic Press and Social Support for Learning evident in the SLCs examined was attributable to the individual efforts of teachers, sometimes in spite of the SLC structure. Additionally, factors impacting engagement emerged, chief among them being teacher and student rapport and the relevance and complexity of the curriculum. Implications for future practice and directions for further research are also discussed.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Education Policy;
Secondary education
Classification
0458: Education Policy
0533: Secondary education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Academic press; Educational reform; Engagement; Small learning communities; Social support
Title
Where is the learning in smaller learning communities? Academic press, social support for learning, and academic engagement in smaller learning community classrooms
Author
Fischer, Christopher Michael
Number of pages
138
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0418
Source
DAI-A 72/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124453132
Advisor
Bol, Linda
University/institution
Old Dominion University
University location
United States -- Virginia
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3441922
ProQuest document ID
851529578
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/851529578
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