ERIC Number: ED324382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Alternative Schools and Dropout Rate.
Ogletree, Earl J.
National dropou figures hover around 46 percent, according to the U.S. Office of Education. School business partnerships, including occupational training, counseling, and preemployment experience, have been effective in reducing the dropout rate in many schools. The use of computers in teaching traditional subjects has proved attractive to students, especially if the software includes colorful graphics and sound effects. Another aspect of the dropout problem has been addressed by drug prevention programs in schools, and by pull-out programs for pregnant girls, who drop out at a rate of 80 to 90 percent nationally. Such a program in Seattle provided child care instruction, social services, counseling, and health education. Most of the programs described here have increased retention but have not made a great difference in the number of dropouts. Schools with lower dropout rates have been found to have stronger leadership, a more disciplined atmosphere, more dynamic instruction, and more student-teacher interaction. Opponents of diverse (alternative) curriculums argue that such programs deny access to the common culture to those who need it most--the disadvantaged. A bibliography of 15 items is included. (DM)
Descriptors: Alcohol Abuse, Computer Assisted Instruction, Dropout Prevention, Dropouts, Drug Abuse, High Risk Students, High Schools, Nontraditional Education, Pregnant Students, School Business Relationship, Work Experience Programs
Earl J. Ogletree, Chicago State University, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, 95th Street at King Drive, Chicago, IL 60628-1598.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
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