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ERIC Number: ED537816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 178
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2671-2523-1
The Experience of High School Students with Emotional and Behavioral Impairments: A Critical Look Back upon Alternative Educational Placements
Ackermann, Barbara
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Fielding Graduate University
Young people with emotional and behavioral impairments--known as emotionally disturbed (ED) in the United States public K-12 educational system--are generally not allowed a voice on their own behalf. Instead, they become "the focus of 'assessment,' 'management,' and 'intervention'" (White, 2000, p. 16). Because they are young, and because they have problems, their experiences, knowledge, and opinions are discounted by the adult "experts" in education and mental health. This narrative inquiry turns this power relationship on its head. It gives voice to five former high school students with emotional and behavioral impairments. They reflected upon their time in comprehensive high school. They retraced the sequence of events that culminated in their transfer to non-public school. They explored whether and how the alternative school placement supported their academic success and personal development. And finally--standing firmly in a place of personal knowledge and expertise--they explained to educators and mental health professionals how they might help other young people more effectively. [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
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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