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Urban High School Students and the Challenge of Access


reviewed by Heather T. Rowan-Kenyon — September 12, 2007

coverTitle: Urban High School Students and the Challenge of Access
Author(s): William Tierney and Julia Colyar (Eds.)
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820463264, Pages: 179, Year: 2006
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Urban High School Students and the Challenge of Access, edited by William Tierney and Julia Colyar, uses cultural biography to deeply examine the issue of college access for low-income, urban high school students. This book emerged from a larger study of college preparation programs for low-income youths that promoted college-going in California. Five students who attend high school in some of the poorest areas of Los Angeles allowed the researchers to become a part of their lives for a year through weekly interviews and interactions which were aimed at trying to understand the complexities of the students’ experiences. In Chapter One Tierney introduces the reader to the inequities of low-income high schools that are overcrowded and lack resources that many other high schools take for granted. In a school with 577 graduating seniors, only 33 planned to attend a University of California school, 35 will attend a state college, and less... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 12, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14608, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 2:54:02 AM

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  • Heather Rowan-Kenyon
    University of Virginia
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    HEATHER T. ROWAN-KENYON is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Virginia, where she is the coordinator of the Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education (SAPHE) program. Her research interests are in the areas of college access and success. Heather has her Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Maryland. Her most recent publication is the Predictors of Delayed College Enrollment and the Impact of Socioeconomic Status which was published in the Journal of Higher Education in March/April 2007.
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