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What is Rigorous Curriculum

Handbook of Research on Social Inequality and Education
A curriculum that challenges a student’s critical thinking skills to produce high academic achievement outcomes in preparation for college level course work.
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A School Model for Developing Access to Higher Education for African American: Social Capital and School Choice
Sheldon Lewis Eakins (Shoshone-Bannock School District, USA)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9108-5.ch009
This chapter discusses the social inequalities in school choice and the racial disparities of college access. Utilizing the theories of social capital and social inclusion, the author provides a conceptual framework for developing a college-going school culture in charter schools. Through this lens, the author considers that the level of school support needs to be equitable to the varying stages of self-efficacy, academic behaviors, and post-secondary aspirations that students enter school with. The author suggests the importance of the RECIPE (rigorous curriculum, expectations, collegiality, interconnection, parental engagement, and exposure) to prepare African American students for college.
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