ERIC Number: ED233828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
High School With Options. An Analysis of the Data for 1973-74.
Edeburn, Carl E.
The High School with Options program, using the mini-course approach, was designed for a small (250 students) rural high school in Wessington Springs, South Dakota, which wished to take better advantage of small enrollment, expand curriculum to meet educational needs/interests of students, and provide opportunity for increased involvement of parents and students in structuring students' educational programs. First-year objectives (1973-74), to be measured by standardized pre- and post-tests, were for participating students to show: (A) significantly higher self-concept; (B) more positive attitude toward school; and (C) more positive attitude toward school subjects. Growth in self-concept relative to peer group, family, and in general was indicated for objective A. For objective B, growth in attitude toward teacher authority/control and learning was evident, but not in attitude toward teacher (mode of instruction), teacher (interpersonal relationships), school social structure, or other students. Tests for objective C evidenced: growth in attitude toward English, vocational education, and physical education; limited growth in attitude toward mathematics, foreign language, fine arts-music, science; and no growth in attitude toward social studies. Areas of concern requiring further attention were the limited growth in attitude toward: teacher (interpersonal relationships); other students; mathematics, social studies and science. (MH)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Educational Attitudes, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Methods, High School Students, Interpersonal Relationship, Minicourses, Program Evaluation, Rural Schools, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Self Concept, Sex Differences, Small Schools, Student Attitudes, Student School Relationship, Student Teacher Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
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