ERIC Number: ED163607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
The Development of Years 11 and 12 Alternative Courses in Western Australian Government Schools: An Overview and Case Study.
Because more Western Australian students are now completing years 11 and 12 and because many of these students are not interested in the traditional college entrance program, a growing number of schools are offering alternative programs. These programs are extremely diverse across the state and may be either prevocational or general, may contain standard or locally developed courses, and may be distinct from or integrated with the regular program. While the State Board of Secondary Education has developed alternative courses in areas like animal husbandry and general English, state policy is to encourage schools to offer locally developed courses. The State Education Department offers resources to help schools developing alternatives. Bentley Senior High School outside Perth has encountered many issues involved in implementing alternative courses. Here, after the need was first recognized by teachers, the principal formed an advisory committee. After holding a seminar and a general staff meeting on alternatives, the committee drew up courses for the following year. Students now choose from three programs: traditional academic courses, courses developed by the Board of Secondary Education, and courses developed by the school. Although more resources and staff appear to be needed, initial results have been encouraging. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Australian Education Dept., Perth. Research Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Australia