- Dyrbye, Liselotte. “Burnout and Serious Thoughts of Dropping Out of Medical… : Academic Medicine.” LWW, 2010, journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2010/01000/Depressive_Symptoms_in_Medical_Students_and.30.aspx.
Background: This article discusses a study taken across 7 medical schools cast of students and their thoughts of seriously dropping out of medical school. It focuses heavily on the various reasons that these students would even have the thoughts to drop out of medical school.
How I Used It: I was planning to use this for my first hypothesis but eventually went in and changed topics. I was going to make connections to students going in with certain expectations and no prior experience having a harder time coping with the courses and eventually leading to a higher rate of dropping out. Where students who had prior experience in some field may either not pursue the field after said experience or have a better time experiencing it then as they know what it really is. After switching topics, I still read through this to have some information on the topic to try and connect to my paper but overall never ended up using this one in the paper.
- Marland, Sidney. “Career Education Now.” Sagepub, 1 May 1971, journals-sagepub-com.ezproxy.rowan.edu/doi/pdf/10.1177/019263657105535501.
Background: This article focuses on a plan thought up by the author on the reform of student’s education and the things that need to be changed and implemented for them to become satisfactory. It makes you think about the question “what are we educating our children for” in the bigger picture and the current educational systems benefits and disadvantages.
How I Used It: I used this article for some quotes and references in my definition essay. I dove deeper into the question “what are we educating our children for” and talked about the differences in education and knowledge that is given. This brought together an example of the benefits of vocational like courses to help students get a first look into a field instead of the tedious methods of modern schooling like memorization of terms and just spewing them back onto a paper of multiple choice questions.
- Brand, Betsy. “High School Career Academies: A 40-Year Proven Model for Improving College and Career Readiness.” Givewell, Nov. 2009, files.givewell.org/files/unitedstates/NAF/Betsy%20Brand%20AYPF%20Career%20Academy%20paper.pdf.
Background: This article focuses on the career academy approach that high schools have implemented. Career academies are courses and programs in typically high schools that let students explore and engage in different career path focused courses typically with some hands-on experience to truly get a view into the field a student is interested in.
How I Used It: I used this article in my causal essay to cite the success that the career academies have shown for their almost 40-year life span at the point of when this article was written. I used this to encourage the readers to think about career academies once again as the option they should be going with by listing off key things that show that it excels over other methods and forms of teaching. This also gave me more insight into other positive things that come from students partaking in career academies.
- Hooker, Sarah. “College Knowledge: A Critical Component of College and Career Readiness.” Onlinelibrary-Wiley-Com, 2010, onlinelibrary-wiley-com.ezproxy.rowan.edu/doi/epdf/10.1002/yd.364.
Background: This article focuses on how students across the US are dropping out of high school and their lack of knowledge for postsecondary education and just the world outside them. It talks about a program used by schools to incorporate this knowledge for their students called “early college high schools” where high school students can take courses of college level or take courses at a legitimate college campus to get the students prepared with an idea of what college life is like.
How I Used It: I used this article in my definition and causal arguments to give reasons for students dropping out of high school to eventually lead into why my idea will keep more students from dropping out. For my definition essay, I talked about students who have dropped out and could have done something great that helps the world greatly but weren’t given a decent enough chance that made them wish to continue their schooling. This makes the reader want to think again about this and what could have happened and hopefully make them think about my topic in a good light. In my causal, I used this to introduce career academies as a way to fix the issue that students find of not being interested in their courses.
- Vargas, Joel, et al. “Blending High School and College Can Sharpen the Focus of Each.” Sagepub, 23 Oct. 2017, journals-sagepub-com.ezproxy.rowan.edu/doi/pdf/10.1177/0031721717739587.
Background: This article was more focused on what an early college high school was and the benefits surrounding them. There is a great deal of info on the benefits that goers of early college high schools achieve over standard high schools.
How I Used It: I used this article in my definition essay to give the readers a greater look into what the advantages of early college high schools are and the statistics produced from them. A point made in my paper was about the dropout rate of students and this article proves the effectiveness in keeping these kids in school on the right path. Also adding that more students who follow through with the early college high school option have higher chances to attend college and earn a degree.
- Newmann, Fred M. “Can Depth Replace Coverage in the High School Curriculum?” JSTOR, Jan. 1988, www-jstor-org.ezproxy.rowan.edu/stable/20403629?seq=4#metadata_info_tab_contents.
Background: This article focuses on the two main terms of depth and coverage and goes greater into depth on what each of them mean and the benefits and complications upon both of them in the education system.
How I Used It: I used this article in my rebuttal essay to explain the issues with coverage in modern day schools and why we should be moving to a curriculum with more depth. I explain how coverage is hurting our schooling and we need to move away from this method based on information in the article. This gave me a true reality check on what truly was going on in the schooling system and gave me a greater idea on what needs to be changed in my personal opinion.
- Christle, Christine. “School Characteristics Related to High School Dropout Rates.” Sagepub, 1 Nov. 2007, journals-sagepub-com.ezproxy.rowan.edu/doi/abs/10.1177/07419325070280060201.
Background: This article talks about the influences that the school environment has on a students choice to drop out and the rates at which they do for different schools. Other information is disclosed on two different students, one who dropped out and one who stayed in school, and the things that tend to happen to them in their lives after high school, like salary and dependency on government programs.
How I Used It: I didn’t use this article to reference in any of my essays but it was a great resource to learn about the different characteristics that not only courses have on the effect of students dropping out but in this case the actual school environment. It gives me a greater look into the reasons for students dropping out and what can be fixed so these numbers of students dropping out can hopefully depreciate.
- Martinez, Robert. “Promoting Career and College Readiness, Aspirations, and Self-Efficacy: Curriculum Field Test.” Onlinelibrary-Wiley-Com, 9 June 2017, onlinelibrary-wiley-com.ezproxy.rowan.edu/doi/full/10.1002/cdq.12090.
Background: This article features a study conducted on students’ knowledge for college and career readiness from a set of 163 ninth-graders. The results proved that there must be some change put in place as the results seemed very lackluster for a majority of the group.
How I Used It: I did not reference this article in any essay but it gave me a broad gist of how much students know about what they are going into before college. From this study I could see that a large majority of students aren’t fully prepared for what is expected from them in college and that methods of teaching needed to be updated and reformed for these numbers to rise.
- Karp, Melinda. “‘I Don’t Know, I’ve Never Been to College!” Dual Enrollment .” Onlinelibrary-Wiley-Com, 19 June 2012, onlinelibrary-wiley-com.ezproxy.rowan.edu/doi/abs/10.1002/he.20011.
Background: In this article a study was taken comparing the students who were enrolled in dual enrollment before-and-after their courses. The results of this showed major improvement between the students’ knowledge of college before their courses compared to after. Dual enrollment was also explained further for the reader to get a greater idea on what happens and what the benefits of it are.
How I Used It: I used this article mainly for simple research reasons. I wanted to see more articles on students before and after dual enrollment and the effects it had on them. This article was good for my understanding more on the topic as a whole and helped look through other sources and implement similar things into my writing but I did not reference this at any point. This was purely curiosity based research to further my topic.
- Jones, Stephanie. “Student Participation in Dual Enrollment and College Success.” Taylor & Francis Online, 12 Nov. 2013, www-tandfonline-com.ezproxy.rowan.edu/doi/full/10.1080/10668926.2010.532449.
Background: In this article a study is taken comparing students who did and didn’t enroll in dual enrollment in school. The results proved to show that students who entered college after going through dual enrollment tended to have a higher average GPA than those who did not in both universities and community colleges.
How I Used It: I used this article to feed my curiosity as I wanted to see a direct number difference in effectiveness of dual enrollment between students. This article gave me a greater sense to what degree dual enrollment can help students and just the overall averages of some students’ GPAs taken. It helped me realize the limits I was working with and what I should be expecting for other students.