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ERIC Number: ED534403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 338
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1249-5806-4
"Preparing Human Beings to Navigate Life's Complicated Course": A Case Study of Young Men in Need of Alternative Education
Salzman, Daniel Adam
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, New York University
The purpose of this interpretive case study was to examine the assumptions underpinning one alternative education program, Dream House, to understand how the designers of this program believed they could increase educational opportunity for at-risk youth. A second purpose was to see how this approach played out in the lived experiences of the young men the program was designed to serve. Framed by Amartya Sen's (1999) capability research, this study examines three primary research questions: How does Dream House seek to expand the educational opportunities for the youth it serves? What assumptions about equity, education, and opportunity underpin this alternative approach to education? How do the participants of Dream House experience this program? Norman Denzin's (2001), methodology, interpretive interactionism, guided this in-depth case study of the program at Dream House and the lives of three young men who participated in it. Through the life stories of the young men, we see the difficult life circumstances that the young men faced in their homes and in their communities and how their daily lived realities limited rather than expanded their life chances. As a result, all three young men were looking for a second chance through Dream House. This study captures the processes that created greater educational opportunities for the young men it served as well as how these processes enhanced their personal capabilities, their educational opportunities and their broader life chances. The findings of this study offers educators and policymakers greater insight into the obstacles facing many young men who struggle to succeed in school, as well as a greater awareness of the processes that effectively expanded their real opportunities to achieve. The findings of this study suggest that current educational policies, focusing on the academic needs of children and youth only are problematic. Through the findings of this case study, we see that young men at risk of school failure benefit greatly by personalized alternative educational programs that address the broader spectrum of human needs--social, emotional, and academic. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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