Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

High school students' perceptions of innovative instructional options at a California charter school: A multiple case study
by Foster, Darcy L., Ph.D., Capella University, 2011, 172; 3434731
Abstract (Summary)

A multiple case study research design was used to focus on an in-depth examination of four high school students' perceptions of multiple instructional options at a California charter school. The study provided an information rich exploration of individual students' points of view of how using multiple instructional options met their needs as learners, snapshots of their experiences with these options of delivery and instructor combinations, and their perceptions of the transitional challenges experienced coming from either a home schooling or a traditional setting. This charter high school was chosen for this study on the basis of its use of a unique combination of instructional options. In-depth interviews of four student participants were conducted. Observations of monthly meetings with the advisory teacher, home educator, and student and student documents were also sources of data. Findings emerging from this study revealed an overarching theme along with 4 theme patterns representative of the collected data. The overarching theme spoke to the dual theoretical framework of learner-centered principles and the theory of self-determination. The theme patterns pointed to the students' perceptions, experiences, and opinions about the multiple instructional options program: (a) freedom of choice, (b) flexibility, (c) meeting of individual learners' needs, and (d) ownership of education. The results of this study indicated that the use of multiple instructional options addressed and met each student's unique combination of learning needs, e.g., individual personalities, emotional needs, family values, and educational backgrounds, through the choices they experienced with the use of multiple instructional options available at the charter high school.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Flood, Donna
Commitee: Clawson, Stacey, Lewis, Barbara
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 72/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Instructional Design, Secondary education
Keywords: Charter school, High school, Home school, Homeschooling, Instruction, Instructional options, Online, Online instruction
Publication Number: 3434731
ISBN: 978-1-124-41982-4
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