Abstract

This study compared the attitudes of administrators, teachers and students in school settings for at-risk students. Students are considered at-risk if they are not academically successful. Teacher and student science education attitudes were analyzed by survey data and categorization of teaching practices. Additionally, data from classroom videotapes and teacher interviews was collected to support and triangulate survey data. Study participants were selected from two school settings for at-risk students 1) public alternative schools (PAS) and 2) private residential treatment centers (RTC). When the survey questions were analyzed by school type and teacher classification several differences were found between 1) teacher responses, 2) students responses and 3) the difference between student and teacher responses. However, when students were analyzed by their teachers' teaching classification no significant differences were found for any of the survey questions or question groupings.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Life Sciences; Biology

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Date Submitted

2010-05-27

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd3602

Keywords

science education, attitudes, at-risk, alternative high schools, residential treatment centers

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