Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Doug Devore, Ed.D. Committee Chair
Linda I. De Long, Ed.D. Committee Member
Chris Kueng, Ed.D. Committee Member
Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore and describe the teaching and behavioral strategies exemplary, non-public alternative education schools used to support student learning as perceived by education specialists and site administrators at high-achieving, non-public alternative education schools in Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, and Orange County.
Methodology: This qualitative case study examined the perception of education specialists and site administrators by conducting interviews to identify effective teaching and behavioral strategies used by exemplary non-public alternative education schools. The researcher interviewed nine education specialists and three site administrators from exemplary non-public alternative schools.
Findings: Data collected from the interviews indicated overall, education specialists and site administrators utilized an array of behavioral strategies in the educational environment. These included (1) consultation with a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), (2) incentive programs, and (3) behavior intervention plans. The teaching strategies utilized in the three exemplary alternative education settings included: (1) providing individual instruction, (2) modeling/peer modeling, (3) providing small group instruction, (4) building upon student interest, and (5) scaffolding.
Conclusions: Alternative education schools used various teaching and behavioral strategies. However, the researcher was unable to identify a significant amount of common teaching strategies to support student learning. Although, all alternative education schools that participated in the study had a BCBA on staff, most schools failed to utilize only research-based strategies.
Recommendations: The recommendations from the qualitative case study include five essential components of an exemplary non-public alternative school: (1) develop accountability systems to monitor student learning and teaching practices, (2) provide on-going professional development on teaching and behavioral strategies for diverse learners, (3) implement effective teaching and behavioral strategies based on data collection, (4) scheduled regular consultations with a BCBA or individual who specializes in behavior, and (5) ensure the school employees are highly qualified staff members.
Hughes, Alana Maxine, "Effective Teaching and Behavioral Strategies Used by Exemplary Non-Public Alternative Education Schools" (2018). Dissertations. 165.