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ERIC Number: ED374499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 51
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Effect of Alternative Programs on the Potential Dropout.
Gloria, Cyril; Karr-Kidwell, PJ
Educators are very concerned about the problem of students dropping out of school. The reasons for students dropping out vary from social to economic causes. Alternative programs or schools have been used since the 1960s to try to keep students in school. This study involved a literature review of research on the identification and remediation of at-risk students. It also investigated alternative programs for such students in the Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas, area schools. Research on dropouts has recognized it as a historical problem since compulsory education, but has failed to clearly define the problem. Minority and non-English speaking students have had higher dropout rates. Research has shown that alternative education programs vary in size, structure, and goals. Successful programs separate dropout students from other students, offer vocational training, provide out-of-class learning opportunities, and have a low student-teacher ratio. A review of the Dallas-Fort Worth area found alternative programs at all levels of education serving dropouts and working toward dropout prevention. Students early on showed signs of being at risk and potential dropouts. Appendices A through D include questions, surveys, and results. (Contains 29 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas