A Perspective on Alternative Education in Puerto Rico: An Opportunity for Social and Educational Inclusion of Students Who Have Abandoned School

By Andrea Barrientos Soto, Gracia González Gijón and Andrés Soriano Díaz.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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In this article we present the study on the professional competencies most conducive to teaching socio-educational techniques to students returning to school after having dropped out. The research aims to identify the competencies to propose the design of a higher education program in social education for Puerto Rico. We surveyed employers of alternative schools to identify the skills that teachers must have to work with the student cohort, the selection criteria at the time of recruitment of teachers, and their perception of demand for the social education professional in Puerto Rico. Among the findings, we highlight that employers favor the professional competencies that lend respect and solidarity with the students as well as the motivation and attitude of candidates as key criteria in deciding the recruitment and hiring of teachers.

Keywords: Alternative Education, Social Education, Social and Academic Exclusion, Puerto Rico, Teacher Professional Development

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 15, Issue 2, June 2017, pp.17-27. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 2, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 586.464KB)).

Andrea Barrientos Soto

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of Education Sciences, University of Granada, Granada, Spain

Dr. Gracia González Gijón

Professor, Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of Education Sciences, University of Granada, Granada, Spain

Dr. Andrés Soriano Díaz

Professor, Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of Education Science, University of Granada, Granada, Spain