Finding Their Place: An Ethnographic Study of the Culture of Students Attending a Rural, Self-paced, Alternative Evening High School
School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Alternative School, At-risk Students, Disengagement, Ethnography, High School, Maslow
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Educational Psychology
Atkins, Teena, "Finding Their Place: An Ethnographic Study of the Culture of Students Attending a Rural, Self-paced, Alternative Evening High School" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1833.
The purpose of this ethnographic study was to provide a cultural portrait as well as identify methods of success of nontraditional students attending a self-paced, alternative evening high school in the southeast region of the United States in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. An ethnographic research design was utilized employing data triangulation through observations, interviews, focus group, and journals as methods of data collection. Participants included nontraditional students who were currently attending or recently graduated from an alternative evening high school in the southeast region of the United States. This study sought to better understand what factors contributed to these students’ decisions to attend a nontraditional evening high school. Once enrolled in a nontraditional evening high school, the factors that contributed to their success were explored. Data analysis strategies included review and coding data, memoing, and organizing data into themes. Next, data matrices were used to organize and present data.
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