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Title: Academic tracking: survival of the fittest
Author(s): Garcia, Edelmira P.
Director of Research: Darder, Antonia
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Darder, Antonia
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Anderson, James D.; Lugo, Alejandro; Stovall, David O.
Department / Program: Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline: Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): academic tracking Chicana/o education
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore the social, cultural, political, academic, and legal implications of academic tracking as it affects Chicana/o student populations. First, I will provide a trajectory of the historical racialization of Chicana/os and then demonstrate how and why these effects connect to the Chicana/o experiences with educational practices, specifically academic tracking in the k-12 system. Thereafter, I will conduct a content analysis of eight legal cases and proceedings regarding student integration and exclusion. This analysis will then be juxtaposed with narratives from a case study of Chicana/o student experiences with academic tracking in a Chicago Public School. The leading research question for this study will be: Is academic tracking discriminatory? Overall, through the use of a case study, content analysis, and counter narratives, the significance of this study is to explore whether academic tracking is a form of racialization violating student rights. Furthermore, this study will propose alternative approaches and responses to create ethical, democratic, and humanizing educational experiences, policies, and practices.
Issue Date: 2011-08-26
Rights Information: Copyright 2011 Edelmira P. Garcia
Date Available in IDEALS: 2013-08-27
Date Deposited: 2011-08

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