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ERIC Number: ED480992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Towards a Typology of Alternative Education Programs: A Compilation of Elements from the Literature.
Aron, Laudan Y.
This paper synthesizes existing knowledge, definitions, and themes about alternative education programs, based on a review of literature and reports, focusing on common terminologies to characterize the various kinds of alternative education programs. It seeks to develop a typology of existing alternative education by focusing on certain common characteristics. The review begins by considering how alternative education has been defined and described in the literature, including examples of legal definitions from state law, as well as more general operational definitions. Then, some of the many dimensions along which alternative education models/programs have been developed are examined (e.g., who is served through the programs, where they are located, what their focus or content is, and how they are administered). Next, some of the preliminary typologies that have been developed to date are examined. The review concludes by presenting some of the many lists of characteristics shared by promising alternative education programs, noting how similar the various lists of desirable features are. (Contains 20 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
IES Cited: ED546775