Date of Award

Summer 6-19-2007

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Susan E O'Connor

Second Advisor

Vicki L Olson


Students who attend an Alternative Learning Center (ALC) do so for a variety of reasons- They may arrive due to a deficit in credit, teen parent status, at-risk of dropping out, or behavioral issues. Once at the ALC many students comment that they are more successful, than they were in their main public high school. This study is an effort to understand what factors take place in my classroom at the ALC that increases the level of success felt by the students. Through open ended interviewing ten students shared their experiences in my classroom regarding the practices that I, as their teacher, engage in helps them to feel successful. Four key themes emerged from the student interviews concerning what I do in my classroom to help students feel successful. Recommendations based on the findings include ways that I can and should modify my classroom practices to increase student success.


SC 11.MAE.2007.Berthiau.AL

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