ERIC Number: ED143718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
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A Study of Alternative Educational Programs in Selected Large City Public School Districts of the United States.
McBroom, Clarence, Jr.
This investigation surveyed the alternative educational practices of sixty-three of the largest public school systems in the United States. A questionnaire was developed which asked respondents to describe the following: (1) kinds of programs offered, (2) diversity of programs in terms of special needs they served, (3) future plans underway to initiate new programs, (4) how existing programs were established, (5) number of students enrolled in alternative education programs, (6) special in-service training which was provided to staff, and (7) efforts made to evaluate their alternative education programs. The study reported in detail information related to these eight categories and listed current programs and services provided by each of the sixty-three school districts's alternative education programs. The first conclusion drawn from the data was that a wide variety of alternative education programs have been instituted by the school districts surveyed. It was also concluded that the types of services being offered in the alternative education programs reported varied in terms of instructional, social service, rehabilitation, skill development, and personal-social development. The findings of this investigation showed that the historical development of alternative education programs was dependent on the degree of "in-house" involvement and interest. Usually the leadership of a few energetic local educators, community support, and the support of community agencies was needed to promote programs. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Programs, Instructional Programs, Nontraditional Education, Program Content, Public Schools, Questionnaires, School Districts, School Surveys, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University