A School For Healing: Alternative Strategies for Teaching At-Risk Students by Rosa L Kennedy and Jerome H. Morton
A School For Healing: Alternative Strategies for Teaching At-Risk Students describes an alternative school that dealt with students who were expelled or suspended from public school and who perceived themselves as victims of injustice. It was assumed that they misinterpreted the facts of various situations or chose inappropriate strategies to correct real injustices. The task of the school was to help the students learn multiple perspectives for interpreting the actions of others and to teach them more appropriate ways of resolving injustices. Four students in the school relate their problems and describe, through a qualitative research interview process, how the school helped them. The book describes specific strategies the school used and concludes with suggestions to those who wish to establish a similar program.
Rosa Kennedy was the artist-in-residence at the School for Healing. Her section in the book reporting on the qualitative research interviews was part of her doctoral dissertation in education. She received the 1995 Educational Research Award for Best Dissertation in qualitative research from the American Educational Research Association.
Jerome (Jerry) Morton was the director of the School for Healing during the period of time reported on in the book. He created the delivery model that was used by the school to assist the students. During that period, the school received regional and national awards such as The Exemplary Dropout and Prevention Program Award from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The School for Healing has been reported on in numerous academic publications. Alternative schools in different sections of the United States and Canada have adopted the strategies used by the School For Healing. The book has reportedly been used as a teaching tool in various universities.
Published by Peter Lang Publishing,
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