A Focus On Student Choice In Selecting Elective Courses: A Qualitative Study

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Ed.D. in Educational Leadership


Department of Educational Administration


Meredith Wronowski


This study explored a policy in a k-12 educational facility in which students are not allowed to choose their elective classes. The study centered around conducting qualitative research to explore each participant's viewpoint on this policy. Findings showed that this policy is largely unfavorable, and I have made an effort to foster a policy change through action research. As the school's director of bands, my action plan consists of creating an instrumental music program specifically for engaged students that will initially occur after school academic hours. As students begin to achieve academic success and become recipients of college scholarships as a result of their participation in this program, it is my desire that it encourages a policy change that allows students to choose to remain in band class during the academic school day. Overall, this action plan is designed to promote a policy change in which each student is able to choose what elective classes they are enrolled in during the academic school year.


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