Capstone/Dissertation Title

Increasing diversity and success in advanced courses

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, how can a school increase the number of traditionally under-represented students in advanced courses, particularly Advanced Placement courses, and at the same time ensure that those students are put in a position to succeed and that the quality of the courses remains high? A survey was conducted among advanced learners and teachers at a large suburban high school, asking about students' motivation for taking advanced courses and about whether criteria should be in place to register for advanced courses. Advanced students surveyed see themselves as largely self-motivated. The author concludes that access to advanced courses should be open to all students, regardless of past academic performance. Along with this access, support programs must be in place for traditionally under-represented students, often students of color, who are new to advanced courses.

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