ERIC Number: ED113427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Public Alternative High School: I. Solution to or Reflection of Societal Ills?
Cohn, Marilyn R.; Finch, Mary Ellen
Council on Anthropology and Education Quarterly, v6 n1 p9-16 Feb 1975
This paper summarizes the results of a participant observation study conducted on two public alternative high schools in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area. Phase I of the study consists of a literature-generated delineation of larger societal factors which create student unrest and give impetus to the development of alternative schools. Utilizing student and faculty interviews, the second phase derived three basic categories of concerns--curricular, bureaucratic-organizational, and interpersonal. The final phase of the study uses direct observation of three levels of complexity: the physical setting, the programmatic regularities, the analytic description. These are described in detail and analyzed. Four tensions confronting the alternative schools studied are identified as having as a shared theme the larger issues of the individual versus society. The alternative school is refused endorsement as a forerunner of the future. Students are encouraged to participate in these settings, but until a balance which promotes individual freedom along with group responsibility is achieved, it is held that its potential as a serious contribution to American education cannot be judged. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Communication Problems, Decision Making, Educational Anthropology, Educational Environment, Educational Problems, Experimental Schools, High School Students, High Schools, Interpersonal Relationship, Nontraditional Education, Open Education, Public Schools, Social Problems
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on Anthropology and Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Missouri (Saint Louis)