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ERIC Number: ED378297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul-13
Pages: 82
Abstractor: N/A
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The Effectiveness of the HOPE Alternative School in Implementing Certain Selected Critical Components of At-Risk Education.
Schoenlein, James J.
The effectiveness of a secondary alternative school for at-risk students was studied with respect to the development and implementation of certain components that are generally thought to be critical to the success of at-risk education. The Hamilton Optional Program for Education (HOPE) school of Hamilton (Ohio) was the study site. Twenty percent of the more than 10,000 Hamilton students are considered economically disadvantaged. The HOPE school enrolls nearly 100 students in a program that includes work experience. HOPE students work individually on "packets," collections of reading assignments, worksheets, and tests required for each unit of credit. An evaluation based on the Discrepancy Evaluation Model of Malcolm Provus used a survey completed by 72 HOPE students and 115 non-HOPE at-risk students for comparison as part of its methodology. The study found that the HOPE school, as a whole, is meeting the needs of its at-risk students, if those needs are defined narrowly, that is, if their needs are determined to be, and are limited to, achieving a high school diploma and securing and maintaining some type of employment. The HOPE program has not been successful in building student-support networks in the community, in preparing its students for any employment other than that on the periphery, or in improving its students' sense of citizenship or commitment to the community or the society at large. Suggestions are made for program improvement. Six tables present study data. Appendix A contains interview questions, and Appendix B is a table of client responses. (Contains 136 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio