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School culture in a diverse urban junior high school





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The research question addressed by this project was, how is the current school culture perceived by the students, staff, and administration in a diverse urban junior high school? The researcher was motivated by previous experiences with school culture affecting the way students feel, learn, and behave. Using a mixed methods approach, the researcher conducted student interviews, observations, and completed document analysis. Many aspects of school culture were studied and several results were found through this research including: 1) Students are not equally represented by race in advanced coursework, student groups, behavior reports, or grade achievement. 2) The rules are not effective in maintaining order. 3) There is not enough parent/guardian and community involvement in the school. Positive aspects of school culture are also highlighted through the research and possible solutions are given.

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