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Alternative Schools: A Behavioral Analysis

by Chris Argyris - 1974

The thesis of this paper may be outlined as follows: 1. The basic thrust of alternative schools (public or private) is freedom—opposition to the authoritarian aspects of traditional public and private schools; 2. Political factors, economic factors, social factors, legal factors, and bureaucratic factors are all plausible and important considerations for the effectiveness or demise of alternative schools; 3. There is, however, an additional factor, namely, the way the participants actually behave toward each other in the schools; 4. Recent research suggests that people may be "programmed" by our culture to behave in ways that cancel out their uniqueness and reduce their effectiveness in groups.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 75 Number 4, 1974, p. 429-452
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1454, Date Accessed: 8/3/2020 10:41:30 PM

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