ERIC Number: EJ922344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Empowering At-Risk Students through Appreciative Inquiry
San Martin, Teresa L.; Calabrese, Raymond L.
International Journal of Educational Management, v25 n2 p110-123 2011
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to identify how at-risk high school students in an alternative school describe how they best learn and to extrapolate their preferred learning practices to improve teacher pedagogical practices. Design/methodology/approach: The authors used a qualitative case study design to facilitate the first two stages of an appreciative inquiry (AI) 4-D cycle--discovery and dream. Eight alternative high school students, four males and four females, were purposively selected as participants. Data collection methods included: group discussions, semi-structured paired interviews, and participant generated documents and visual presentation for district administrators and teachers. Data were analyzed using content analysis, open coding, axial coding, text analysis software, and pattern matching. Findings: The study produced four salient findings: relevant experiences were important for learning; a cooperative and respectful learning environment is a core value; learning should be enjoyable; and, the concept of family became an important metaphor for the learning environment. Originality/value: The findings from this study suggest that further research with AI in educational settings may have important implications to inspire educators to think in new ways about learning.
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, At Risk Students, Content Analysis, Educational Environment, High School Students, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Case Studies, Relevance (Education), Cooperative Learning, Family (Sociological Unit), Figurative Language
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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