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ERIC Number: EJ813626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
When Successful Alternative Students "Disengage" from Regular School
McCall, Herman Joseph
Reclaiming Children and Youth: The Journal of Strength-based Interventions, v12 n2 p113-117 Sum 2003
This study explored factors that lead alternative education program completers eventually to drop out of school. When compared with alternative school peers who went on to graduate, certain differences emerge. Those disengaging are more likely to be students of color with lower achievement scores who do not easily engage with school or prosocial peers. Follow-up questionnaires also showed a discrepancy between the reasons educators gave for students dropping out, in contrast to perspectives of students and their parents. Positive staff-to-student relationships and individual attention were crucial to success in alternative school, but the challenge is to be able to provide these in a regular school setting. The author provides suggestions for reaching this population of students. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A