Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Interdisciplinary Studies


Jeremy Stoddard

Committee Members

Jody L. Allen

Jamel Donnor


Based on analysis of the 5 case studies of student reports about their experiences and perspectives of Fillmore Public Schools, four major findings emerged: 1) teacher effectiveness is key, especially regarding the high expectations teachers hold for their students academically and attempts to develop professional but caring relationships with students; 2) the involvement of the participants' families and friends in a student's academic career is extremely important but can take many forms to promote success; 3) student motivation and beliefs about the quality of their education hinges in part on how they view the quality of their schools, teachers, and peers, and how they view their school within the larger school system and as compared to neighboring school systems; and 4) that there is a large gulf in educational opportunities between students who come from poorly funded school systems and from poorer communities, continuing a cycle of low educational attainment and limited economic opportunities.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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