ERIC Number: ED463588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Student-Centered High Schools: Helping Schools Adapt to the Learning Needs of Adolescents. Perspectives on Policy and Practice.
Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.
High schools in the United States face tremendous challenges involving changes in cultural and economic forces and necessities. They need to transform themselves into places of learning where knowledge is relevant to students' needs and aspirations. Because many traditional high school structures are large, compartmentalized, and impersonal, they commonly contribute to student alienation and academic failure. The resulting disengagement can lead to students' withdrawing from learning, eventually dropping out, and entering society unprepared to continue their education or to work. Educational improvements can be made by connecting students' needs to existing structures and requirements that allow them to interact broadly with the adult world. The needs and talents of students can be represented in six dimensions: voice, belonging, choice, freedom, imagination, and success. Student engagement increases in schools that provide equity, community, opportunity, responsibility, challenge, and expectations. Meaningful student relationships revolve around recognition, acceptance, trust, respect, purpose, and confirmation. Reducing school size has been shown to affect academic achievement positively. Personalizing learning for high school students increases their engagement and allows high schools to be more flexible in adapting to today's societal changes. (Contains 43 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Dropout Attitudes, Educational Improvement, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, High Schools, Individual Needs, Individualized Instruction, School Policy, School Restructuring, School Size, Student Experience
Northeast and Islands Regional Education Laboratory at Brown University, 222 Richmond Street, Suite 300, Providence RI 02903-4226. Tel: 401-274-9548; Tel: 800-521-9550 (Toll Free); Fax: 401-421-7650; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.lab.brown.edu.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.