ERIC Number: ED178249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Iditarod's Small High School Program.
Juettner, Bob; Kleinfeld, Judith
The evaluation of the Iditarod Area School District small high schools program provided useful information for future program development. The 1978 program for 87 students in 9 scattered schools included: student travel within Alaska and in the lower 48 states; student travel within the district for mini-courses and a student congress; and the Secondary Training for Alaska Rural Schools (STARS) Program and Ken Cook Vocational Program used as a core curriculum. On questionnaires students and teachers indicated that out-of-district travel brought substantial educational benefit, but Community School Committee Members (CSCM's) were not so positive. All felt the need for even distribution of travel among the student population and better planning and preparation. Students and teachers placed less value on in-district travel. The mini-courses helped students make friends and learn new skills but had limited academic value. Students and teachers rated the Ken Cook program as more successful than STARS, but students preferred to travel to other locations for vocational programs. The evaluation also concerned program expectations and priorities. CSCM's and students felt strongly that the program should include preparation for employment. CSCM's desired bilingual education and wanted greater involvement in decision making. (SB)
Descriptors: Affective Objectives, Alaska Natives, Board of Education Role, Career Education, Core Curriculum, Cultural Differences, Educational Innovation, Field Trips, High School Students, Individualized Programs, Interviews, Needs Assessment, Outdoor Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Rural Schools, Secondary Education, Small Schools, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Travel, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Inst. of Social, Economic, and Government Research.
Identifiers: Alaska (Iditarod); Secondary Training for Alaska Rural Schools; Xen Cook Vocational Program