AbstractsEducation Research & Administration

Failing the Failed: A Treatise on the Need for a Research Based Pedagogical Approach to Credit Recovery

by Elise Smith

Institution: University of Central Florida
Degree: EdD
Year: 2014
Keywords: Dissertations, Academic  – Education and Human Performance; Education and Human Performance  – Dissertations, Academic; Credit recovery; online education; k 12 education
Record ID: 2026104
Full text PDF: http://digital.library.ucf.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ETD/id/6217


The purpose of this dissertation in practice is to address the problem of online credit recovery. Although online enrollments have skyrocketed in recent years and all preliminary research indicates a large percentage of those enrollments are from students seeking credit recovery, much of the curriculum currently being offered is not research-based. Following a literature review focused on the history of credit recovery as well as successful current methods, we designed CRIT (Credit Recovery Instructional Treatment) a research-based approach to curriculum design for credit recovery. CRIT is a standards based curriculum relying on criterion based assessments. This approach was then applied in the creation of specific curriculum for English 4 credit recovery and as a general approach for all subjects. A step by step evaluation plan for current and proposed approaches for credit recovery was then defined. Additionally we provide a detailed implementation strategy specific to our organization but easily retrofitted for other organizations. We focus on the organization of Florida Virtual School (FLVS), a state run k-12 virtual school run as a special school district in Florida because it is a familiar organization. However, the model and results may be generalizable for online or traditional education.