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NCJ Number: 156007 Find in a Library
Title: Charting a Course: Promise and Prospects for Alternative Schools
Journal: Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Problems  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1995)  Pages:8-11
Author(s): M Gold
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Research into alternative schools is still in its infancy, but one researcher indicates two components are key in successful alternative schools, keeping students from failing and giving students interpersonal support.
Abstract: Chronic and serious delinquency in adolescence is the best single predictor of a wide variety of physical, emotional, and social pathologies. As other approaches to preventing and treating delinquency have failed, research has increasingly focused on schools. Delinquency and school problems coincide closely, and certain school-based programs can ameliorate them. Alternative schools can prevent student failure through a highly individualized curriculum and evaluation, and supportive relationships are critical in alternative school programs. At the same time, discipline is essential, and disciplinary techniques vary among alternative schools. Goals of discipline should be to prevent scholastic failure and to maintain control in a caring manner. To become fully established, alternative schools need to be guided by theory and by an increasing broad database generated by rigorous research and evaluation. 10 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile educational services
Index Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile justice research; School discipline; Students
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