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NCJ Number: 148789 Find in a Library
Title: Hanging in and Dropping Out: Voices of At-Risk High School Students
Author(s): E Farrell
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 188
Sponsoring Agency: Teachers College Press
New York, NY 10027
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8077-3003-3
Sale Source: Teachers College Press
Teachers College
Columbia University
1234 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on interviews with students at risk of dropping out of public high schools in New York City and using their words to tell their stories, this book examines the attitudes of these youths and the factors that contribute to dropping out.
Abstract: These factors include economic forces, peer and family pressures, sexual behavior, pregnancy, drug abuse, lack of economic success, and the inability of students and teachers to create a meaning system in which they can function together. The author hired students from a dropout prevention program and taught them to be his collaborators by tape-recording conversations with their peers and helping analyze the data and decide which were the most important in explaining the participants' lives. The youths interviews are both males and females ages 14-19. After detailing the problems and the youths' attitudes, the book concludes with recommended solutions and describes successful and unsuccessful program models. These solutions link education with work, involve structural changes in education, and delegate more responsibility to teachers. Index and 43 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Juvenile delinquency prevention; New York; School delinquency programs; School dropouts
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