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NCJ Number: 149181 Find in a Library
Title: School Resources for At-Risk Youth
Journal: Equity and Excellence  Volume:25  Issue:1  Dated:special issue (Fall 1991)  Pages:10-14
Author(s): L F Hergert
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Students believed to be at risk by their teachers are most often identified by academic problems, background factors, and behavior problems.
Abstract: This article advocates a systemic approach to dropout prevention consisting of four components, namely policies that enhance the support available for students at risk of failure; the involvement of leaders, teachers, and parents; school programs that promote a climate of support; and practices that affect students' attitudes and success in school. Three types of school-based programs are described here that have proven successful in elementary and middle schools. Effective school programs feature a clear school mission, high expectations, a safe and orderly environment, instructional leadership, frequent monitoring of student progress, and parent involvement. Research-based instructional practices focus on the needs of specific groups of children; some approaches include early identification and intervention of learning problems, mastery learning, whole language instruction, and cooperative learning. There are also several successful school-based interventions designed for disadvantaged students. 8 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Children at risk; School dropouts
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