Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



Major Professor

W. Jean Schindler

Committee Members

Sherry Mee Bell, Robert A. O'Conner


In this thesis alternative programs in East and Middle Tennessee were examined for the rate of student recidivism, and teachers' perceptions of these programs are discussed. Specifically, teachers' perceptions were examined in connection with student recidivism rates in these programs. Data were gathered from surveys sent to twenty-four schools in East and Middle Tennessee. Survey respondents were divided into two groups: those who responded that recidivism in their school was 0 to 20% and those who described it as higher. The two groups' answers to questions about curriculum and instruction were examined for differences and similarities and discussed.

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