Capstone/Dissertation Title

Preparing alternative learners for college and career readiness

Term

Summer 6-30-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Le Roy Chappell

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Cynthia Gish

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Lauren Harmeyer

Abstract

This study addresses the research question: how well does an alternative high school curriculum prepare graduates for success and how effective is the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at teaching college and career readiness? This research was conducted as an alternative high school implemented the AVID system in an effort to increase student success when entering the college or career world upon graduation. Graduates of the alternative high school were interviewed regarding job skills and responsibilities. Additionally, a document analysis was completed on the reflective work of current students in the AVID elective class. Interview responses and student reflections were coded for commonalities and connections to the AVID curriculum. This study found that the AVID program does teach strategies and skills that students use post-graduation and is an effective way to increase graduate success.

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