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AP: A Critical Examination of the Advanced Placement Program Paperback – April 20, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1934742556 ISBN-10: 1934742554

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Education Press (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934742554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934742556
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Comprehensive research and analysis that will frame the conversation about Advanced Placement and other rigorous college preparatory curricula for years to come; critically important for students, teachers, and public policy makers alike. --William Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid, Harvard College

American science and mathematics students continue to be outperformed by their international counterparts. The typical suggested remedy: to increase enrollment in AP courses. Policy makers and practitioners need to consider the findings of this book and reevaluate the purpose of the AP program. --Dennis M. Robbins, associate professor of science education, Hunter College (CUNY)

As a parent, college advisor, AP Biology teacher, and AP [exam] reader, I gained many insights some affirming and others disconcerting. Sadler s eloquent summary recommendations should be read in every school that offers or is considering offering AP courses. I will be recommending AP to many colleagues. --Paula Petterson, science teacher and head of college advising, Ridgeview Classical Schools, Fort Collins, Colorado

About the Author

Philip M. Sadler is the F. W. Wright Senior Lecturer in Astronomy at Harvard University and head of the Science Education Department at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Gerhard Sonnert is a research associate at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and an associate of the Harvard University Physics Department. Robert H. Tai is an associate professor of education at the University of Virginia s Curry School of Education. Kristin Klopfenstein is a senior researcher at the University of Texas at Dallas Texas Schools Project, on leave from a faculty position at Texas Christian University.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Hobolth on November 17, 2010
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The editors' past works represent some of the best independent research available on Advanced Placement, which makes this collection of essays very important. My greatest concern is that, even though diverse perspectives are heard here (Lichten alongside Ewing? Nice), this book contained no voices from secondary education, no voices from gifted education and no voices from students. I think we get that higher education is naturally skeptical of AP and IB; a little more stuff of the impact of AP on high schools' efforts at college readiness might have rounded this out much better. Having said this, I have a hard time disagreeing with many of the findings. In particular, Dougherty and Mellor's article pointing to the importance of rigorous coursework for students prior to AP should be required reading for those in high schools who are seeking to build AP programs that make a difference in student college success. Good to have this volume out there; important contribution to understanding, as Sadler and Tai call it, one of American education's greatest brand names.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 12, 2010
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To be placed above one's average age level provides an array of strengths and weaknesses. "AP: A Critical Examination of the Advanced Placement Program" discusses Advanced Placement programs in modern High School programs and the problems that can come with it. Philip M. Sadler and his staff craft a collection of essays analyzing the details of Advanced Placement programs, showing where it has succeeded and failed in its existence and offers ideas to better it in regards to preparing students for higher education. "AP" is a strong addition to any educational studies collection, highly recommended.
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