ERIC Number: ED207236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Alternative Schools: What's Really Happening in the Classrooms.
Based on primary research relating to the theoretical framework of alternative schools, this study investigated teachers' and students' perceptions of instructional practices in alternative and conventional public schools to determine if differences in actual teaching practices do occur between the two types of schooling. Ten high schools participating in the study represented districts possessing nationally recognized alternative schools and their conventional counterparts. Data were collected from 596 students in alternative schools and 809 students in conventional schools and from 76 participating teachers. The instruments used to gather the data were inventories of teacher functions containing a variety of traditional and non-traditional teaching functions. The determination of cross-group correlation coefficients and a factor analysis yielded findings that indicated the existence of significant instructional differences between sample groups. For example, both students and teachers agree that alternative school teachers are more likely to (1) assist individual students in dealing with personal concerns; (2) provide out-of-school experiences; (3) encourage students to express their feelings; (4) write evaluation of students' work; and (5) have students sign learning contracts. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981). Tables 3, 4, and 7, Figures 1-9, and Exhibit 4 may be marginally legible due to small print.