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ERIC Number: EJ844648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1934-6875
Alternative High Schools: What Types of Programs Lead to the Greatest Level of Effectiveness?
Gilson, Tim
Journal of Educational Research & Policy Studies, v6 n1 p48-66 Spr 2006
Based on the writings and research of Mary Anne Raywid (1994) and Gary Wehlage (1989), this study sought to identify characteristics of effective alternative high schools in Iowa. This effectiveness was identified as both student retention and graduate completion. The following characteristics were not positively related to graduate completion and student retention: teacher choice, student choice, autonomous schools, and learning community characteristics of discovery learning and simulation. Teacher and administrator lengths of service were also not positively related to graduate completion. As hypothesized, smaller schools did have a negative relationship when compared to student retention. Overall the findings in this study of Iowa's rural alternative high schools did not support the research hypotheses. All schools, however, regardless of specific characteristics, can be effective when given the right combination of learning attributes. This research does help to lay the groundwork for those traits, as well as for future studies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa