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dc.contributor.advisorCarter, Norvella
dc.contributor.advisorStuessy, Carol
dc.creatorBlocker, Tyrone Dewayne
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-16T20:02:32Z
dc.date.available2015-08-01T05:48:31Z
dc.date.created2013-08
dc.date.issued2013-08-14
dc.date.submittedAugust 2013
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/151086
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to identify and describe the associations between systemic equity pedagogy (SEP) practices in highly diverse high schools and their students' science achievement and college readiness. This study focuses on science programs in ten highly diverse Texas high schools serving students who exhibit high science achievement and college readiness. According to the Policy Research Group in Science Education, only two percent of all culturally diverse high schools within the state of Texas demonstrate high science achievement and college readiness on state-tracked school-level indicators. Transforming a school context where achievement disparities exist among student groups in science classrooms necessitates that public school officials understand key factors, or “drivers,” and associated indicators contributing to SEP in programs. A model for programs is suggested using a framework for SEP based on data collected from ten highly successful, high diversity high schools. The following research questions address the research gap regarding indicators of SEP associated with high science achievement and college readiness in highly culturally diverse high schools. How do data from ten highly successful, high diversity high schools inform the development of a comprehensive SEP rubric? How do high achieving high schools of culturally diverse student populations score on a comprehensive SEP rubric? How do teachers’ perceptions toward implementing SEP practices vary in different schools? Three research papers detail the research of this dissertation. The purpose for the first paper is to increase understanding of indicators facilitating systemic and equitable teaching and learning practices, otherwise referred to as systemic equity pedagogy (SEP). Results of the study show indicators of a comprehensive SEP rubric. Together, 127 indicators, thirty categories, and eight SEP drivers form a model framing equitable teaching and learning practices associated with high science achievement and college readiness. In conclusion, indicators within the SEP rubric can be described as action-oriented descriptors that science teachers engage formally or informally in order to facilitate quality science education for all students. The purpose for paper two is to score equitable teaching and learning practices in highly successful high school science programs based on the SEP rubric. Findings reveals that implementation of various equitable teaching and learning practices vary across science programs and these practices can be described as both pedagogical and non-pedagogical. In conclusion, varying degrees of implementation exist for indicators in the SEP rubric. In paper three, the purpose is to understand science teachers’ attitude and approach toward implementing systemic teaching and learning practices. Results from this study provide scores that indicate science teachers’ perceptions of their approach to SEP. This study concludes by suggesting high achieving science programs may operate within a continuum for implementing equitable teaching and learning practices.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectequity pedagogy
dc.subjectscience programs
dc.subjectscience teachers
dc.subjectmulticultural education
dc.subjectcollege readiness
dc.subjectscience achievement
dc.subjectequitable teaching and learning practices
dc.subjectschool reform
dc.titleSystemic Equity Pedagogy in Science Education: A Mixed-Method Analysis of High Achieving High Schools of Culturally Diverse Student Populations in Texas
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentTeaching, Learning, and Culture
thesis.degree.disciplineCurriculum and Instruction
thesis.degree.grantorTexas A & M University
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
dc.contributor.committeeMemberScott, Timothy
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWebb-Hasan, Gwendolyn
dc.type.materialtext
dc.date.updated2013-12-16T20:02:32Z
local.embargo.terms2015-08-01


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