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dc.contributor.advisorRöschmann, Claudia
dc.contributor.authorHorn, Caleb Bradley ( )
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-29T17:35:43Z
dc.date.available2016-06-29T17:35:43Z
dc.date.issued2016-05
dc.identifier.citationHorn, C. B. (2016). Level up learning lab: STEAM education for low-income schools (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/6103
dc.description.abstractThe United States public education system is deeply segregated and unevenly balanced between socioeconomic classes and race. America’s poor and minority students have much lower achievement levels than their affluent peers, especially when compared to other countries around the world. Minority students routinely populate the lowest performing schools in the nation. Racial inequality is visible in graduation rates as well with far fewer minority students receiving a high school diploma than their Caucasian peers. This paper investigates the causes behind educational inequality in America. Schools found in these low-income areas typically lack the resources and experienced faculty needed to teach advanced courses in science, technology, and other fields. At the same time, most of these underperforming schools have eliminated the visual and performing arts in order to focus on core subjects like reading and math. It has been proven repeatedly that the arts are a cost-efficient means of increasing student engagement and achievement levels in many subjects. This thesis proposes a delivery system that brings art education and advanced subjects such as technology and engineering to low-income areas. It devises a cost efficient supplemental education model that is capable of delivering sustainable science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) education in low-income areas. The overall goal is to reduce the achievement gap that is currently found between low-income and affluent schools by providing resources to those areas where they are needed the most. This project is based on immersive research with community stakeholders and an extensive literature review of the current state of American public education. It investigates the causes behind educational inequality, offers an analysis of the current data, and describes the best possible local solution to this national crisis.
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dc.format.extent183 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectLevel Up
dc.subjectLearning Lab
dc.subjectSTEAM
dc.subjectEducation
dc.subjectLow-income
dc.subjectSchools
dc.subjectPublic education
dc.subjectEducation crisis
dc.subjectSocial design
dc.subjectSTEM
dc.subjectArt
dc.subjectDesign
dc.subjectInequality
dc.subjectAchievement gap
dc.subjectDropout factories
dc.subject.lcshScience--Study and teaching (Secondary)en_US
dc.subject.lcshTechnology--Study and teaching (Secondary)en_US
dc.subject.lcshEngineering--Study and teaching (Secondary)en_US
dc.subject.lcshMathematics--Study and teaching (Secondary)en_US
dc.subject.lcshArts--Study and teaching (Secondary)en_US
dc.titleLevel Up Learning Lab: STEAM Education for Low-income Schools
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMeek, William
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPark, Hyuna
thesis.degree.departmentArt and Design
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunication Design
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Fine Arts
dc.description.departmentArt and Design


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