Against all odds: the natural history of an alternative-adult high school program

dc.contributor.authorBarnes, Charline J.en
dc.contributor.committeechairGatewood, Thomas E.en
dc.contributor.committeememberCarr, D. G.en
dc.contributor.committeememberGarrison, James W.en
dc.contributor.committeememberCline, Marvin Geralden
dc.contributor.committeememberMcKeen, Ronald L.en
dc.contributor.departmentCurriculum and Instructionen
dc.description.abstractThe traditional high school program is not appropriate for all students. Some students cannot cope with the pressures from social! family background, personal problems (independent of social/family) and school factors, and thus look to relieve these pressures outside of the educational system. The combination of these pressures, or risk factors, can cause a student to become a high school dropout, resulting in negative educational, social, and financial consequences to self and the nation. No single alternative will solve the dropout problem; however, studies have found that alternative programs can play a major role in the reduction of the dropout rate by enabling students to complete their secondary education. In order to better address the dropout issue, there is a need to document the history of an alternative education program, to gain understanding of a special population, and to obtain current information that can contribute to the improvement of services to dropouts. This study focused on the establishment and development of an alternative-adult high school program, located in suburban Virginia, from 1955 to 1993. The research questions were: 1. What were the social, political, and educational conditions which contributed to the establishment of this alternative-adult high school program? 2. What program characteristics were operable during the existence of this program? 3. In what ways did the program evolve over time, and how did evaluation feedback contribute to this evolution? Data were compiled and analyzed from student survey results, in-depth interviews with faculty, and archival documents. Findings indicated that the adult education movement, integration, and financial commitment from local school board contributed to the establishment of the program. Furthermore, the major program characteristics that were operable included dedicated and caring staff, a supportive learning environment, and flexible scheduling. Evaluation was based on enrollment, graduation, and dropout figures as well as informal assessment.en
dc.description.degreeEd. D.en
dc.format.extentxiv, 193 leavesen
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.relation.isformatofOCLC# 32727776en
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V856 1995.B3753en
dc.subject.lcshAdult education -- Virginiaen
dc.subject.lcshHigh school dropouts -- Virginiaen
dc.titleAgainst all odds: the natural history of an alternative-adult high school programen
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten and Instructionen Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen of Educationen


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