Staff Perceptions of an Alternative Educational Model for ‘At Risk’ Adolescents in Queensland, Australia

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This paper reports on staff perceptions of the ‘educational model’ implemented by Glendyne School as an alternative model for the secondary education for ‘at risk adolescents’. The paper starts with an extensive literature review that details the attributes of successful alternative programs for students who are unable to be accommodated by mainstream schools. Using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, staff members were consulted in order to gauge perceptions of the effectiveness of the school programs. The paper details the processes used to collect data and reports on the educational provision of programs for “at risk” youth and concludes with a discussion that analyses how the perceptions of the school’s staff align with what the literature sees as necessary for authentic programming in an alternative setting.


Keywords: At Risk Youth, Adolescent, Alternative School, Alternative Curriculum
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Staff Perceptions of an Alternative Educational Model for at Risk Adolescents in Queensland


Prof. Trudy Yuginovich

Associate Director, School of Nursing
Hervey Bay, Qld, Australia


Dr. Patrick O’Brien

Senior Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland
Hervey bay, Queensland, Australia

PATRICK O’BRIEN is the Director of the University of Southern Quensland’s Fraser Coast Regional Research Unit and a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University Of Southern Queensland. He has facilitated workshops, written and published articles in the areas of counselling, counselling children, social justice, teacher burnout, co-operative learning, thinking skills, the teaching of pro-social skills and multiple intelligences. Dr O’Brien is on the management board of the Wide Bay Sexual Assault Unit (WBSAU) and The Kids Intervention Prevention Program (KIPP). He is an advisory member of the board of the Association of Transpersonal and Emotional Release Counselors Inc., an affiliate with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. Dr O’Brien is on the Editorial Panel of Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Health, an International Interdisciplinary On-line refereed journal of the Australian Counseling Association. Patrick is a member of the Australian Association for Research in Education, The Australian Counseling Association and the Australian Guidance Counseling Association. He has been a member of the Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee on Special Education; the Queensland Director General’s Advisory Council on Special Education Needs, a State Moderator in the area of Intellectual Impairment and has been a member of the Queensland Teacher’s Union Special Needs Committee. Patrick has a Doctorate in Education, which he completed in 1998 through research in the use of Multiple Intelligences in Counsel ling. He has conducted workshops and lectures in the areas of leadership, values education, moral intelligence, behaviour management, psychometric assessment and the counseling of children.

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