ERIC Number: ED228400
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Illinois Alternative Schools and the Employment and Training Community.
Piland, William E.
Alternative schools in public school districts and private institutions offer a choice of more than one educational option to students. These schools usually have some of the following characteristics: voluntary participation, distinctiveness, nonexclusiveness, comprehensive objectives, and a supportive learning environment. Instructional styles include Montessori, open classroom, behavior modification, and individualized instruction; their curriculums offer programs such as environmental education, performing arts, international studies, and career education. Clients served by alternative schools include students who are dropouts, come from multicultural backgrounds, are highly motivated, or are pregnant. Although they may offer innovative types of education, alternative schools must also provide their students with the basics and protect them from being penalized for attending such a program. In Illinois, the role of alternative schools in employment and training efforts is limited; however, these schools, because they are typically small and flexible, could offer more employment-related training for their students. Employer surveys have suggested competencies related to employment and training needs that alternative schools should provide (list included in report). The balance of the report suggests ways to work with alternative schools to prepare students for work, and profiles the efforts of five alternative high schools throughout Illinois. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Dept. of Commerce and Community Affairs, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Lake County Coll., Grayslake, IL.