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Blitz, Lisa V.; Yull, Denise; Clauhs, Matthew – Urban Education, 2020
Decades of federal economic policies that have concentrated poverty into isolated communities have devastated urban education, and expose youth and families to high stress and trauma. Disproportionately negative outcomes for students of color and those who are economically disadvantaged can be understood as manifestations of negative racial school…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Trauma, Educational Environment, Poverty
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Gomez, Kimberley; Gomez, Louis M.; Cooper, Benjamin; Lozano, Maritza; Mancevice, Nicole – Urban Education, 2019
Annually, thousands of U.S. students fail high school introductory biology. The language demands of biology are large, and science teachers are often unprepared to support students' language needs. Here, we describe a 4-week summer high school introductory biology course executed in a large West Coast city. Our aim was to help 33 students recover…
Descriptors: Biology, Introductory Courses, High School Students, Summer Schools
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Portnoi, Laura M.; Kwong, Tiffany M. – Urban Education, 2019
Drawing upon standpoint theory and phenomenology, this study chronicles the lived experiences of 16 successful female first-generation students of color as they pursued K-12 schooling and accessed higher education. Findings indicate that a complex set of school, family, peer, and personal factors affected students' lived experiences in their urban…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Resistance (Psychology), Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Garcia, Gina A.; Ramirez, Jenesis J. – Urban Education, 2018
As enrollment-driven postsecondary institutions, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) must actively find ways to better "serve" their students. Guided by Stanton-Salazar's social capital framework, this study sought to understand how institutional agents use various forms of capital to develop structures that support and empower…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Minority Group Students, Student Empowerment, Leadership Responsibility
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Lac, Van T.; Fine, Michelle – Urban Education, 2018
The lead author documents the promises and pitfalls of doing critical participatory action research (PAR) as a graduate student within traditional institutions. This autoethnographic essay captures the vulnerabilities of the first author as she reflects on the human work that draws her to PAR, details the tensions that surfaced in the daily…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Action Research, Ethics, Graduate Students
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Elliott, Diane Cárdenas; Brenneman, Meghan W.; Carney, Lauren; Robbins, Steve – Urban Education, 2018
Using a qualitative approach, we sought to understand the social networks and decision-making strategies of minority males as they choose to attend a postsecondary institution. Data were obtained from interviews where students self-report perceptions of their college transition process. Our findings suggest that students' social networks are…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Males, Minority Group Students, Student Adjustment
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Boykin, Tiffany F. – Urban Education, 2017
In the last 20 years, the U.S. higher education system has witnessed the tremendous growth of for-profit colleges and universities (FPCUs). In fact, FPCUs have quickly become the fastest growing segment of postsecondary education. With innovative practices and alternative delivery of educational services, FPCUs have established a considerable…
Descriptors: African American Students, Males, Proprietary Schools, College Students
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Hilton, Adriel A.; Bonner, Fred A., II – Urban Education, 2017
When it comes to higher education, finding the right school is only one obstacle in the lives of most African-American males. Studies show that even out of the number of enrolled African-American males in the nation, about one-third of them will actually complete an undergraduate degree. A lack of experience in higher education may affect the…
Descriptors: African American Students, College Students, Males, Academic Achievement
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Jackson, Tambra O.; Bryan, Michelle L.; Larkin, Melissa L. – Urban Education, 2016
Building upon research that theorizes and documents students' perceptions of race, racial attitudes, and treatment by teachers, this article explores the impact of resegregation on how children of Color see and experience race in schools, specifically in relation to their teachers. Drawing upon our interpretations of a White preservice teacher's…
Descriptors: White Students, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Racial Attitudes
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Donnor, Jamel K. – Urban Education, 2016
Despite being academically unqualified for admission to the University of Texas at Austin, Abigail Fisher, a White female, argued that she was not admitted due to the university's diversity policy. In addition to framing post-secondary admissions as a zero-sum phenomenon, Ms. Fisher intentionally framed students of color who are admitted to the…
Descriptors: Race, Critical Theory, Preferences, Educational Policy
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Houser, Latisha Cheree-Square; An, Shuhua – Urban Education, 2015
This study examined how gender; race/ethnicity; language; socioeconomic status; California Standards Test (CST) scores in mathematics, science, and ELA; and California High School Exit Exam mathematics predict college-ready results on the Early Assessment Program (EAP) in mathematics in urban areas of southern California. Approximately 1,700 high…
Descriptors: High School Students, Minority Group Students, College Readiness, Standardized Tests
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McKillip, Mary E. M.; Godfrey, Kelly E.; Rawls, Anita – Urban Education, 2013
Students who struggle in pursuit of postsecondary education tend to be Latino, Black, low-income, or first-generation college students. This article presents the case of a small public school serving students grades 6-12 from these traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in a large urban school district. Observations revealed that the school…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, College Preparation, School Culture, Social Development
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Pollack, Terry M. – Urban Education, 2013
Informal "teacher talk" about students is ubiquitous, but it remains largely unexamined. This study critically examines casual, everyday teacher discourse about students perceived to be racially or culturally "different." Data were collected through participants' journal entries, group discussion, and interviews. Findings…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Graduate Students, Urban Schools