Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Peggy L. Tarpley, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Ruth L. Meese, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Christopher A. Bjornsen, Ph.D.


Students at risk of failure and students with emotional and behavioral disorders have been known to have lower self concepts, earn poorer grades, and have less motivation to achieve when compared to their peers. Nontraditional methods of teaching have been known to be successful with these students; however, a number of students at risk do not benefit from alternative forms of teaching. In this study interviews were used to examine the difference in perceptions of an alternative program by five students who successfully participated in the program and three students who were not permitted to return to the program. Sociomoral Reflection Measure-Short Form (SRM-SF) questionnaires were also used to determine differences in moral development between students who were presently in the alternative program, students who were no longer in the alternative program, and students who had never been associated with the program. Results indicated that the majority of the subjects who were in the alternative program at some point in time viewed the program in a positive way. ·The SRM-SF scores did not discriminate among the three groups; however. some interesting discrepancies in the scores may lead to future research in this area.



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