Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A narrative inquiry of graduates from an alternative rural education program
by Leary, Peggy H., Ph.D., Capella University, 2011, 126; 3489821
Abstract (Summary)

Some students find success difficult to achieve in a traditional high school setting. The lack of success may revolve around educational barriers, home challenges, or personal issues that affect students' personal or educational success. The students who do not fit into a traditional school setting need options for their success. In accordance with the right to a free public education, all students have the right to have their educational needs met. Specifically, this study contributes to the understanding surrounding the goal of an alternative education program for at-risk students being able to teach the skills needed to be successful within the mainstream environment. These skills need to be developed by all young adults and, with the support of an alternative education program, it is imperative these skills transfer to real life situations for these at-risk students. This study contributes to validating and confirming the safe learning environment of the Rising Stars program. These young adults decided to take a chance with their education and made the decision to volunteer their experiences for this research. Constructs targeted in this study were alternative education, personal development, academic development, social understanding, and career development. This report summarizes data collected from high school graduates' perceptions of post-graduation experiences from Rising Stars, a rural alternative education program.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Burnworth, Carole
Commitee: Balch, David, Flood, Dennis
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 73/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Secondary education
Keywords: Alternative, Alternative education, At risk, Graduates, Inquiry, Narrative, Rural education
Publication Number: 3489821
ISBN: 978-1-267-09558-9
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