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ERIC Number: ED001796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962
Pages: 82
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EVALUATION OF A WORK STUDY PROGRAM FOR POTENTIAL DROPOUTS.
LONGSTRETH, LANGDON E.; AND OTHERS
SANTA MONICA HIGH SCHOOL, IN 1960-1961, ESTABLISHED A PROGRAM DESIGNED TO HOLD A SELECTED GROUP OF POTENTIAL DROPOUTS IN SCHOOL IN ORDER TO IMPROVE SCHOLASTIC MOTIVATION, REDUCE DEVIANT BEHAVIOR, DEVELOP INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS, AND PROVIDE PRELIMINARY WORK EXPERIENCE. TWO EXPERIMENTAL AND TWO CONTROL CLASSES WERE FORMED. THE STUDENTS ATTENDED CLASSES 3 HOURS IN THE MORNING UNDER ONE TEACHER, PARTICIPATED IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION, THEN SPENT THE AFTERNOON ON A JOB IN THE COMMUNITY. DISCIPLINARY AND ACADEMIC RULES WERE MADE FLEXIBLE. A SPECIAL COUNSELOR SERVED AS A CONFIDANTE FOR THE STUDENTS. EVALUATION REVEALED A GREATER PERCENTAGE OF DROPOUTS FOR THE CONTROL GROUP THAN FOR THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP. EACH MEMBER OF BOTH GROUPS WAS INTERVIEWED AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR REGARDING ATTITUDES TOWARD SCHOOL. THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP'S ATTITUDES WERE MORE POSITIVE THAN THOSE OF THE CONTROL GROUP. HOWEVER, POLICE RECORDS INDICATED THAT THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP HAD AN INCREASED NUMBER OF POLICE CONTACTS AS COMPARED TO THE CONTROL GROUP. PERSONALITY TESTS REVEALED VERY LITTLE, ONLY THE SOCIAL REACTIONS TEST SUGGESTED AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE EXPERIMENTAL STUDENTS' ABILITIES TO INTERPRET SCHOOL SITUATIONS. THROUGH THIS EVALUATION, STRICTER RULES, GREATER EMPHASIS ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, BETTER STUDENT ATTITUDES, AND BETTER COMMUNITY COOPERATION WILL BE SOUGHT IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR'S PROGRAM.
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Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Youth Studies Center.
Identifiers: California (Los Angeles); California (Santa Monica)