ERIC Number: ED206095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Accelerated Christian Education Schools in Northwest Texas.
Stoker, W. M. Fred; Splawn, Robert
Using observation and interviews, researchers studied a small sample of Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) schools in six towns in northwest Texas to identify aspects of the schools' operations that might be applicable to public education. Interviewees at each school included the chief administrator and some teachers, monitors, and students. Information was gathered on the schools' physical facilities, the student body's ethnic composition, disciplinary methods, curriculum, administrator and staff backgrounds, tuition and fees, and academic incentives. Preliminary research at ACE headquarters in Texas gave an overview of the nationwide association of 3000 fundamentalist Protestant schools and of its system of lesson modules, annual school visits, brief training of school staff, and fee schedules. The growth of the ACE association is seen as related to the history of Christian schools in the U.S. and to current public disaffection with public schools. The research results comprise 25 observations and recommendations about aspects of ACE schools useful or not useful to public schools, involving such areas as student-teacher ratios, parental support, individualized curricula, discipline, and school philosophy. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Texas State Univ., Canyon.
Identifiers: Accelerated Christian Education; Texas