ERIC Number: ED242055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Current Status of Schools of Choice in Public Secondary Education: Alternatives, Options, Magnets.
Raywid, Mary Anne
Based on a 31-question survey sent to 2,500 alternative secondary schools located across the country, this report summarizes results from the 1,200 schools responding to the questionnaire. Section 1 describes some of the structural features of alternative schools, including where they are, why they were started, organizational characteristics, size, and growth. Following a look at the students who attend alternative schools in section 2, section 3 examines the following key elements in how such schools work: (1) choice, (2) role diffusion as opposed to specialized staff, (3) autonomy, (4) evaluation, (5) costs, (6) attendance, and (7) future prospects. After a description and evaluation of the distinctive elements, learning activities, and curriculum and skills emphases of alternative school programs in section 4, section 5 provides a brief review of the alternative school experience from the perspectives of students and staff. Section 6 assesses the accomplishments and challenges of alternative education. The report's appendixes provide a sample survey questionnaire complete with tallies, bibliographical data on previous alternative school surveys, and additional information about the present survey and its history. (JBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hofstra Univ., Hempstead, NY. Project on Alternatives in Education.
Identifiers: Project on Alternatives in Education
Note: For related document, see EA 016 574.