Open Access Thesis
Alternative schools -- Middle West; High school dropouts -- Middle West -- Prevention; Middle West; Academic theses;
Many researchers have investigated the problem of high school dropouts and the role of traditional schools in supporting· students' academic persistence. Despite traditional schools' efforts to support academic persistence, they are not meeting the needs of many students. Alternative schools have become increasingly available to support the needs of at-risk students. This is a qualitative case study, which examines how the experiences of students have been supported at a Midwestern alternative high school. Four themes emerged as being important to supporting student's academic . persistence: (a) positive relationships with teachers, (b) classes structured to meet needs, (c) student empowerment, and (d) future goal. These themes and implications for their use in other educational settings are described.
Year of Submission
Specialist in Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
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©2008 Molly O'Connor
O'Connor, Molly, "Supporting school persistence : an examination of student experiences in an alternative high school" (2008). Dissertations and Theses @ UNI. 1159.