ERIC Number: EJ769069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 67
Parent Involvement in an Alternative School for Students at Risk of Educational Failure
Brown, Lionel H.; Beckett, Kelvin S.
Education and Urban Society, v39 n4 p498-523 2007
This case study contributes to a small but growing literature on alternative schools for at-risk students. Previous studies have been strong on participant narrative and advice for stakeholders, but have lacked theoretical and historical contextualization and are unlikely to have much impact on school policy. The present study focuses on the efforts of teachers and parents to build and sustain a successful remedial school for elementary and middle school students. It is argued that school districts should establish remedial schools, as they have other alternative schools, on a permanent basis. The case study also contributes to the much larger body of literature on parent involvement in schools. The study shows how middle-class White teachers and African American and urban Appalachian parents overcame barriers associated with socioeconomic class and ethnicity and became partners in building a home-school learning community that helped at-risk students prepare themselves for a more promising future.
Descriptors: High Risk Students, School Policy, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Nontraditional Education, Academic Failure, Case Studies, Remedial Programs, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Whites, African American Teachers, Urban Schools, Rural Schools, Socioeconomic Status, Social Class, Ethnicity
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Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
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