Alternative educational measures – analysis of the research in boarding schools

Discourses and Researches

In September 2006, Rules on Living in Boarding Schools entered into force. The novelty of these rules is the provision on alternative educational measures. The rules as such have essentially intervened with the legal standing order for education which had previously been used in the boarding schools. They empower the tutors to apply alternative educational measures where the conventional measures had not been efficient. Such alternative measures are based on the autonomy, competence and responsibility of tutors, pupils and parents. The punishment in form of a written paper record as the consequence of improper behaviour transforms into communication between the tutor, pupil and parents. The objectives of such communication are better relationships, compliance with the rules and consideration of restrictions which are valid in such educational institutions. The result of the survey carried out were the attitudes of respondents to the new educational model. The questionnaire was divided into five thematic sets and was responded by 22 headmasters and 28 tutors. The attitudes to the alternative educational measures obtained with this research were then analysed and compared among themselves. The research disclosed a few weak points which require special attention when the novelty is implemented in the educational process.

Keywords: boarding school, educational measure, relationship, boarding school, headmaster, tutor.

M.Sc. Olga Dečman Dobrnjič, Tadeja Rink