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ERIC Number: EJ1019045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1245
Toward Authentic Student-Centered Practices: Voices of Alternative School Students
Phillips, Rachel Sophia
Education and Urban Society, v45 n6 p668-699 Nov 2013
This investigation uncovered the conditions of learning, both positive and negative, that students in an alternative school experienced both in and out of the classroom setting. Eleven students at an alternative high school in a large suburban school district in the Pacific Northwest were interviewed using methods of narrative inquiry and iterative data collection, grounded in social cognitive theory and student voice literature. Four chief findings are discussed: (a) Learning experiences are improved when explicitly connected to the real world; (b) Positive emotions and relationships support successful learning, whereas negative ones hinder learning; (c) A certain level of student autonomy during learning seems to be tied to achieving goals; and (d) Social learning is consequential for students. The social as defined in this study is composed of two things: (a) how social influences from outside of school can have an effect on how students approach schooling and (b) the implications of understanding and taking part in relationships.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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