ERIC Number: ED448992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-16
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An Alternative School within a School: A Case Study on Meeting Motivational, Curricula, and Instructional Needs of At-Risk Students.
Watts, Rebecca S.
A study investigated how motivational, curricular, and instructional needs of at-risk students were accommodated by an alternative school program located and organized within a conventional high school in northern Louisiana. Data were gathered through documents; classroom observations; and interviews with students, teachers, and the administrator of the alternative school. Findings indicate that behaviors characterizing the at-risk students in the alternative school program resulted from low self-esteem and lack of social skills. An academic program that allowed students to experience success and a counseling program that addressed the specific needs of each student contributed to meeting the motivational needs of the students. Students attending the alternative school were accommodated with a curriculum that allowed them to complete the requirements for a high school diploma. Block scheduling allowed them to earn more credits per year than they could in the conventional program, so they could actually catch up. Vocational training opportunities were provided in addition to the regular curriculum. Because this alternative school was located within a conventional school, students could participate in the elective courses and extracurricular activities offered by the surrounding school. Small class sizes enabled teachers in the alternative school to meet the individual instructional needs of students. (Contains 19 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Bowling Green, KY, November 15-17, 2000).