An empirical exploration of the who, what, and how of school care

Deborah L. Schussler, Angelo Collins

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This study examines how care exists in one alternative high school for students at risk of dropping out. Specifically, this article empirically explores who is involved in caring relationships at the school, what those relationships look like, and how the organization of the school affects the existence of care. Data were collected during the 2000-2001 school year and included observations, faculty interviews, and in-depth interviews with 16 students. From these data, a construct of care was created that includes five caring relationships, pervasive elements that exist throughout these relationships, and specific structural and ideological aspects that enable the existence of care. Suggestions for how schools can organize to create caring communities and directions for further research are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1460-1495
Number of pages36
JournalTeachers College Record
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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