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Georgia Southern University

2016

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Alternative schools

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Characteristics Of Effective Alternative Schools In Georgia: Leaders’ Perceptions, Janet L. Poole Jan 2016

Characteristics Of Effective Alternative Schools In Georgia: Leaders’ Perceptions, Janet L. Poole

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ABSTRACT

Educational leaders and district decision makers are faced with the challenge of providing support for at-risk students who are failing in traditional schools and are in danger of not graduating. Alternative schools are considered options for learning for at-risk students. However, limited research is available describing the views and experiences of the administrators who lead them. Therefore, the purpose of this qualitative study was to understand leaders’ perceptions of characteristics of effective alternative schools in Georgia, as well as challenges associated with leading them. Ten face-to-face, semi-structured interviews were conducted to investigate what eight male and two female alternative ...