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GAINING INSIGHT INTO ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION: THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF ALTERNATIVE EDUCATORS
Ellerbe, Jennifer Christine

2017, Doctor of Philosophy, Miami University, Educational Leadership.
What do the lived experiences of alternative school teachers reveal about the state of alternative education? This study sought to reflectively examine the experiences of three alternative school teachers that serve at-risk populations of students. The purpose of this study was to shed light on the experiences of alternative school teachers to extract the lived experiences and realities of these teachers. This interpretive narrative inquiry explored the phenomenon of regional alternative school teachers’ attitudes and perceptions toward alternative education. The focus of the study was on how regional alternative school teachers in a county in Southwest Ohio understand what makes a good alternative education program and what they understand to be the restraints on developing or implementing such programs. The research participants have all been working in the field of alternative education for at least 5 years and all have been teaching for at least 10 years. In this study, qualitative case study methods such as interviews, classroom observations, and document analysis were used to triangulate the data and reveal the lived experiences of these educators. This study found four major themes that emerged from the experiences of the alternative school teachers and what they believed to be true about alternative education. The four major themes highlighted in this study are that: 1) Certain resources and services must be accessible/available to students; 2) A negative image/stereotype teachers in alternative education are a focal point and important contributing factors to the overall program quality; 4) Certain factors must be in place to improve the effectiveness and is associated with alternative education that creates obstacles for students and teachers; 3) The functioning of alternative schools.
Thomas Poetter, Dr (Committee Chair)
Kate Rousmaniere, Dr (Committee Member)
Joel Malin, Dr (Committee Member)
Molly Moorhead, Dr (Committee Member)
Leah Wasburn-Moses, Dr (Committee Member)
144 p.

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Ellerbe, Jennifer. "GAINING INSIGHT INTO ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION: THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF ALTERNATIVE EDUCATORS." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Miami University, 2017. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 23 Oct 2017.

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