ERIC Number: EJ1023952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
What Builds Student Capacity in an Alternative High School Setting?
Educational Action Research, v21 n4 p448-467 2013
Good mental health is a learning enabler for adolescents, demonstrating a reciprocal relationship between mental health and learning outcomes. This article describes a Canadian participatory action research partnership between students, staff and a nurse researcher working together to explore student capacity-building experiences at an alternative high school. Fourteen themes including the importance of supportive healthy relationships within the school environment demonstrated what was happening that built capacity in students. We found that when students' voices were nurtured and they participated in school decision-making processes, a sense of capability resulted; often extending into long-term positive effects. Research outcomes were shared with key decision-makers including the Board of Education Trustees.
Descriptors: High School Students, Nontraditional Students, Capacity Building, Foreign Countries, Nontraditional Education, Educational Environment, Student Participation, Participative Decision Making, Mental Health, Participatory Research, Student Experience, Teacher Student Relationship, Democratic Values, Focus Groups, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada