ERIC Number: ED432805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Alternative Education Programs for At-Risk Youth: Issues, Best Practice, and Recommendations.
Tobin, Tary; Sprague, Jeffrey
Oregon School Study Council Bulletin, v42 n4 Sum 1999
This publication discusses definitions of alternative education, outlines common program features, and lists challenges to providing quality services. The paper focuses on alternatives for students who are at risk for school failure, dropout, or delinquency. Since few studies on the effectiveness of alternative programs have been conducted and results of studies that have been performed are difficult to generalize beyond their specific settings, the report provides an outline of research on the common features found in alternative-education programs and describes a model alternative program. The text discusses special-education students and general-education students who are in need of alternative education. It details the characteristics of alternative-education programs, such as the reason for admission or attendance. It also provides descriptions of research-based, alternative-education strategies, which include a low ratio of students to teachers, highly structured classrooms with behavioral classroom management, positive rather than punitive emphasis in behavior management, and social-skills instruction. The report concludes with suggestions for establishing an alternative-education program, including tips on universal, proactive screening, on avoiding negative effects, and on obtaining support for implementing and evaluating the program. (Contains 137 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Nontraditional Education, Program Design, Program Development, Special Education, Special Programs
Oregon School Study Council, 217 Education Building, 1571 Alder Street, College of Education, 1215 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1215.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.