Narrative inquiry into (re)imagining alternative schools: A case study of Kevin Gonzales

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Although there are many alternative schools that strive for the successful education of their students, negative images of alternative schools persist. While some alternative schools are viewed as 'idealistic havens', many are viewed as 'dumping grounds' or 'juvenile detention centers'. Employing narrative inquiry, this article interrogates how a student, Kevin Gonzales, experiences his alternative education and raises questions about the role of alternative schools. Kevin Gonzales's story is presented in a literary form of biographical journal to provide a 'metaphoric loft' that helps us imagine other students like Kevin. This, in turn, provokes us to examine our current educational practice and (re)imagines ways in which alternative education can provide the best possible educational experiences for disenfranchised students who are increasingly underserved by the public education system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-96
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • Alternative education
  • Biographical journal
  • Narrative inquiry


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