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The AVID Classroom: Academic and Social Support for Low-Achieving Students


by Mary Catherine Swanson, Hugh Mehan & Lea Hubbard 1995

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The word comes from the Latin avidus, "eager for knowledge." AVID's purpose is (1) to increase college attendance among African-American, Alaskan/Native American, Latino, and low-income students who are most underrepresented in postsecondary education, and (2) to restructure secondary school teaching methodologies to allow college preparatory curricula to be accessible to all students.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 94, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 96 Number 5, 1995, p. 53-69
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18813, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 2:47:43 AM

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  • Mary Swanson
    San Diego County Office of Education
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    MARY CATHERINE SWANSON, who is with the San Diego County Office of Education, is the author of the first part of this chapter where she writes about AVID, a highly successful program that places previously low-achieving students in college preparatory classes.
  • Hugh Mehan
    University of California, San Diego
    HUGH MEHAN is of the Department of Sociology, University of California (San Diego), and is the co-author of the second part of the chapter, describing the social processes and institutional practices that have contributed to the success of the AVID program.
  • Lea Hubbard
    University of California, San Diego
    LEA HUBBARD is of the Department of Sociology, University of California (San Diego), and is the co-author of the second part of the chapter, describing the social processes and institutional practices that have contributed to the success of the AVID program.
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