Guidance Counselors' and Teachers' Perceptions on the Advantages and Disadvantages of Academic Credit Recovery Programs in Selected School Districts.
This dissertation on the advantages and disadvantages of academic credit recovery programs joins an essential conversation in educational leadership about the ongoing efforts to increase graduation rates. Academic credit recovery programs are designed to provide an intervention for students who are at risk of not earning the high school diploma or who require an alternative approach to the coursework. Research regarding the programs is limited. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine, from the perspectives of guidance counselors and credit recovery teachers, the advantages and disadvantages of credit recovery programs in selected school districts. The results of this study seek to provide rich, detailed data that will add to the general body of knowledge about credit recovery programs. The research design for this study was based on a qualitative approach that included telephone interviews with guidance counselors and credit recovery teachers in a selected North Carolina school district and a selected Texas school district. The findings revealed that credit recovery programs were online-based, allowed the students flexibility and personalized learning, and provided a more personalized, individual course offering. Moreover, the programs served as an intervention program for at-risk students who seek to graduate with their cohort. The findings further exposed that students with extenuating circumstances benefitted from credit recovery programs. The programs were acknowledged as being cost-effective and beneficial for students who transfer into a school district. Though credit recovery programs were discussed with a generally positive tone because of the numerous advantages of academic credit recovery, quality control of the programs was viewed as an evident disadvantage. Other disadvantages included limited rigor of the coursework, limited teacher interaction, and limited course offerings. As the findings revealed, guidance counselors and teachers observed numerous advantages and disadvantages.
Educational leadership|Educational technology|Secondary education
Mullennix, Angela Lynn, "Guidance Counselors' and Teachers' Perceptions on the Advantages and Disadvantages of Academic Credit Recovery Programs in Selected School Districts." (2017). ETD Collection for Fayetteville State University. AAI13890290.