ERIC Number: ED159279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Alternative Schools: A Review. Urban Diversity Series, No. 53.
Moore, David Thornton
This paper defines alternative schools, exploring such critical parameters as their organizational context and structure, their curricular focus and pedagogical approach, and their governance. Also reviewed are some of the studies of experimental schools. Prior research is placed in the context of a critique which argues that more detailed information is needed about the quality of everyday life in the programs rather than on traditional evaluative measures of outcomes. The paper has two stated purposes: first, to dispel some of the popular misconceptions about alternative schools by describing various programs and practices that use that term; and second, to impose some conceptual order on the large number of alternatives through a review of some of the dimensions along which these schools vary. The data on alternative schools were gathered through the author's personal experience and through a review of the literature. It is suggested that more ethnographic research be conducted on alternative schools. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Curriculum Design, Educational Anthropology, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnography, Evaluation Needs, Experimental Schools, Nontraditional Education, Program Evaluation, Research Needs, Research Reviews (Publications), State of the Art Reviews
Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.