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ERIC Number: EJ1184250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Using a Mixed Methods Study to Improve K-12 Alternative Education Instructional Design
McBath, Gabrielle L.
Journal on School Educational Technology, v13 n4 p1-9 Mar-May 2018
The purpose of this Mixed Methods study is to conduct a full quantitative and qualitative research methods on a hypothetical K-12 Alternative Education program, wherein ten students have had poor grades and are at-risk of withdrawing. Within a six-part action plan on the quantitative side, students were tested twice, before and after a two-paired sample t-test in their 9th grade year. On the qualitative side, students were evaluated on their Electronic Portfolios (e-Portfolios). Results were triangulated by Concurrent Design. Despite the results of the quantitative research, the collaborative efforts of the students' e-Portfolios showed that students worked-well collaboratively and the Action Research Framework encompassed well both the t-test and the e-Portfolios. Future research is still needed on the same group of students in other subject areas of the course work.
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Instructional Design, Grade 9, At Risk Students, Action Research, Models, Portfolios (Background Materials), Electronic Publishing, Longitudinal Studies, Pretests Posttests, Correlation, Secondary School Students, Potential Dropouts
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
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