Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Student disengagement happens at many different levels. Current research shows that as classroom curriculum becomes more standardized and less personal, students become disengaged due to the irrelevance of the curriculum in comparison to their personal lives. As teachers continue to ignore students disengagement, they also continue to ignore the students on a personal level all together. Through surveys and semi-structured interviews, students were able to voice their opinion on classroom curriculum as well with teacher involvement. Teachers were able to also do the same. From the data collected, a Literature Group of nine Seniors at Seaside High School was formed, which met once a week for ten weeks to discuss Graffiti Girl, a culturally relevant novel. After the group finished the novel, a final interview with the students revealed how they felt more engaged with the group then in the regular classroom. The results from the research was then presented to the Vice Principal of the school in hopes to encourage more culturally relevant literature within the classrooms and school curriculum.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department

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