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Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)



First Advisor

Dennis C. Brennan

First Committee Member

Stephen E. Trotter

Second Committee Member

Estelle Lau

Third Committee Member

Mari G. Irvin

Fourth Committee Member

Frederick A. Wentworth


The purpose of this study, the first of its kind, was undertaken in order to provide an initial description of the various Court and Community School/Day Center programs found within the State of California. Similarities and differences were delineated. A survey was distributed to the 52 counties within California that operated Court and Community School/Day Center programs during the 1993-94 school year. The major areas studied were: (1) curriculum, (2) curriculum development, (3) program philosophy, (4) student assessment, (5) program location, (6) administrative backgrounds, (7) teacher choice, induction, and evaluation, (8) discipline philosophy, (9) student traits, (10) student counseling services, and (11) community agency partnerships. Analysis of the findings indicated that although California Court and Community School/Day Center programs are alternative placements for at-risk students, the strategies implemented were similar to mainstream educational programs. There was evidence to support the notion that many of these educational programs were beginning the implementation of several alternative strategies in all areas; however, California Court and Community School/Day Center programs above all else may not be as alternative as the name suggests.



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