Capstone/Dissertation Title

Creating and maintaining a self-sustaining journalism program in an urban high school

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Abstract

The research question is, how can a teacher create and maintain a journalism program in an urban school that is self-sufficient and enhances the overall educational experience of all students? The motivating factor for this capstone was the constant struggle to keep an elective journalism class in an urban school afloat. The reaction to low scores on state tests is often to cut electives and add more sections of required remedial courses in reading and math. Studies, however, show that students involved in journalism classes tend to have higher standardized test scores. A curriculum was developed to reach students at all levels of skill in an effort to move them all into more academically rigorous thinking. This curriculum utilizes research based curriculum design and experience to create an introductory unit that is flexible, yet rigorous.

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