ERIC Number: ED143136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Alternative School: A Strategy for Change?
Lieberman, Ann; Griffin, Gary A.
This paper examines three areas of alternative education: (1) In what ways, and for whom, are alternative schools alternative? (2) What appear to be the unanticipated consequences of the creation of alternative schools? (3) Can the creation of alternative schols be considered a change strategy? The authors compare the ideals of alternative education with findings related to alternative schools in operation. An assessment of the characteristics of alternative schools indicates that they are marked by voluntarism, that they are smaller in size, that they tend to be more informal, that they allow for greater participation in decision-making, and that they involve the community more directly. All of these characteristics, however, can be witnessed in some conventional schools. The authors also discovered that as time passes, participants in alternative schools tend to move back to more traditional teaching styles and more hierarchically arranged structures. They conclude that alternative education can function as a change strategy, although there are certain limitations on its effectiveness. (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, N.Y., April 4-8, 1977)