Search results for: Academic persistence
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Teaching Strategies for Building Student Persistence on Challenging Tasks: Insights Emerging from Two Approaches to Teacher Professional Learning
This article reports on two approaches to teacher professional learning in which the use of challenging tasks was the focus. In the first case, two full days of professional learning were followed by the opportunity to teach up to ten challenging tasks. In the second case, teachers observed three lessons built around challenging tasks taught by members of the project team. This article describes the professional learning approaches, illustrates the kinds of tasks involved, and discusses similarities and differences in the data within and between the two groups of teachers. It also discusses affordances and limitations of the two professional learning approaches.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2016
Religion as a Support Factor for Women of Color Pursuing Science Degrees: Implications for Science Teacher Educators
This study examines the factors women of color utilized as supports as part of their persistence in science majors. This article draws from a larger study of sixteen African-American, Hispanic, and African women who were navigating various undergraduate science majors at multiple colleges in the Northeast and Southeast United States. The findings illustrated that the participants viewed religion as a contributor to general support, stress relief, encouragement during difficult times, and intervention. The author concludes that the findings illustrate that one potential mechanism for broadening science participation may be through connections with students’ families, their cultural backgrounds, and even their religious views.
Updated: Apr. 07, 2014
The authors examined the effect of a new academic mentoring program on student academic integration, success and persistence. Specifically, the authors focused on the MIRES program (Mentoring for the Integration and Success of Science Students) aimed at preventing student dropout in math, science and technology. The MIRES program was implemented in two colleges in the Quebec City area. The results showed that participation in the MIRES programs had positive effects on motivation, career decision profile, college adjustment and academic success and persistence of students. The findings also revealed that the MIRES program had a greater impact on the perseverance of male, rather than female students.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2013
Integrated, Marginal, and Resilient: Race, Class, and the Diverse Experiences of White First-Generation College Students
The goal of this study is to gain a better understanding of the experiences of persistent, first-generation students. The author conducted in-depth interviews with 28 white, first-generation, working-class students. The author found three patterns of adjustment among these students. First, slightly more than half of the students seemed well-integrated into campus life. Second, about a quarter of the students experienced persistent and debilitating feelings of marginality. Finally, another quarter overcame their feelings of marginality en route to becoming socially and academically engaged.
Updated: Mar. 12, 2012
Expectations and Experiences: The Voice of A First-Generation First-Year College Student and the Question of Student Persistence
This case study takes a phenomenological approach using the voice centered analysis. This case study analyzes qualitative interview data so that the voice of this first-generation college student is brought forward. In combination with other research calling for an expansion of the dominant theory of persistence, this research raises the importance of elevating family relationships in the student persistence model.
Updated: Jul. 13, 2010