Pa oject on Alternatives
Mary Anne Rayvnd
THE PROJL0T ON ALT R:N iTIVES IN SDUC;ATION
Vernon H Smith
Charles Spe kerRobert E. Stake
A broad-gauged research/reform plan for secondary
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education--inthe tradition of the famous Eight-Year StudyThe Project on Alternatives in Education
seeks secondary educationreform-- through detailed research that will disclose what programs workfor which students,
in relation to which educational values. Buildingcarefully upon whathas beenlearned from both the successes and thefailures of earlier innovations efforts, the PAS strategy is to examinepromising programs already in operation. And the research plan is
plore the selected proor am in dept
ultiple research perspectives
The Project seeks to answer the central question "
:dhich alternatives well
serve which youngsters, in relation to which educational values?"
diversity of caoices available to students, parents,and educational staff
with the effectiveness of educationalexperience and
The P E Research Plan
To employ a variety of quantitative and qualitative research techni-ques bearing upon the central question of the inquiry, ""
:hich alterna-tives well serve which youngsters, in relation towhicheducationalvalues?"
To complete intensive studies of classroom teaching, learning, and cur-riculum, by methods of observation and interviewi g, and to
. carry out
comparative studies of post-secondary school education, careers, andactivities of alternative and conventional school graduates
To carry out a comprehensive survey ofa
. public secondary al-ternative schools
° To analyze the governance, organization, finance, end cost efficiencyof alternative schools as compared withconventionalpublic secondaryschools
To complete comprehensive survey of the estimated 7000 alternativeschools and programs at the secondary level
and more intensivestudies of 11,000 youngsters
approximately 100 schools
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