Three students attending an alternative school were selected because they had been labeled by their previous school and teachers as "problem students." A series of interviews was completed with each individual with the purpose of exploring the meaning of school for each. Each participant indicated an acceptance of the notion that education is important, but each also felt negatively about school. Good and bad things about school were discussed as well as good and bad experiences. The participants also discussed how they perceived the actions and expectations of others. The unfairness they each experienced in school was discussed as well as how they have internalized the definitions others have applied to them. The relationship with teachers and the school in general were discussed with emphasis placed upon the importance of establishing and maintaining caring and concerned relations as well as the importance of making learning relevant.


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