Creator

Joan L. Bludorn

Advisor

Vogel, Linda

Committee Member

Cray, Martha

Department

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

5-1-2012

Genre

Thesis

Extent

116 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Description

The mantra for public education could be "one size fits all." Unfortunately, some students struggle under the current education system; they find learning difficult and master content at a slower rate. Educational leaders today face hundreds of decisions daily but none are more important than those that support the graduation of children from high school. No Child Left Behind (2002) has brought the problem of graduation rates to the forefront of educational concerns but previous reforms have had little effect. This qualitative inquiry sought to add to the understanding of dropouts and non-completers by examining barriers to receiving a diploma, e.g., the traditional thinking that a student must take only four years to complete high school. Grounded in an epistemological foundation built on constructionism, this inquiry was guided by a critical theory framework and was driven by case study and portraiture methodologies. Specifically, the purpose of the study was to understand the journey a fifth-year high school student took as he continued in his education toward achieving an accredited high school diploma.

Degree type

Ed.D.

Degree Name

Doctoral

Language

English

Local Identifiers

Bludorn_unco_0161D_10135

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by author.

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