Parent, teacher and administrator perceptions of the benefits and costs to students participating in an integrated program
Master of Education
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The primary purpose of this qualitative case study is to examine the benefits and costs to students participating in an integrated program. The data were collected through participant observation and informal interviews with parents, teachers, administrators and students. Results indicate that benefits to students consist of improved attendance, influence on postsecondary, career and lifestyle choices, increased environmental awareness or appreciation, and an increase in physical fitness, confidence, maturity, persistence, and social skills. Results also indicate that costs to students include scheduling and time commitments, having to live with the stigma of taking a “bird course,” the inability to meet diverse learning needs, and high financial cost. Participants believe that benefits outweigh costs.