Date of Award

1-1-2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Garrett Roberts

Second Advisor

Alvaro Arias

Keywords

Equity, School reform, Student engagement, Student voice, Urban education

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative, collective case study was to explore urban high school student and teacher perceptions of student voice, specifically in the areas of partnership, activism and leadership. This study addresses the Civic Opportunity Gap, which impacts urban youth and the disjuncture between the civic ideals of the United States and their day-to-day experiences within the civic institutions that shape their lives. This study was designed to examine the following three questions: What opportunities exist within the urban high school setting for partnership, activism and leadership? What are the perceived barriers that influence opportunities for partnership, activism and leadership? What is the significance of maximizing partnership, activism and leadership for students, teachers and administrators in urban high schools? A large urban high school in the Denver Metropolitan area was chosen for this study. Students were selected by purposeful stratified sampling, from three classes, Civics, American Government and Advanced Placement Computer Science. Six to twelve students comprised three focus groups, consisting of an equal balance of males and females, and ethnicities including at least one from the following sub-groups, Caucasian, black, Asian and Hispanic for a diverse sample. The teachers selected for the study were recommended by the site principal, and also demonstrated an interest in the study. They participated in individual interviews. These were the teachers of the classes from which the student sample was chosen. The data collected was analyzed and coded for reoccurring themes. Three critical themes emerged regarding the significance of maximizing partnership, activism and leadership. In order to effectively enact opportunities for partnership, activism and leadership, the students and teachers similarly reported the importance of (1) understanding what type of support students need, (2) openness to input and feedback from students and (3) advocacy and belief in student capacity. Student voice, specifically partnership, activism and leadership has been linked to increasing ownership and motivation for students. Educators in urban schools would be well served to include opportunities in their courses for partnership, activism and leadership.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Brian Eric Duwe

File size

176 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Curriculum development

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