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ERIC Number: ED019498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jun
Pages: 194
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Reference Count: 0
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DEVELOPMENT OF A PROGRAM TO PREPARE DELINQUENTS, DISADVANTAGED YOUTHS AND SLOW LEARNERS FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION. FINAL REPORT.
JEFFERY, C. RAY
THE SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL REHABILITATION OF HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS WITH DELINQUENT RECORDS WAS ATTEMPTED BY REINFORCING BEHAVIOR ASSOCIATED WITH ACADEMIC REMEDIATION, WORK PREPARATION, AND SOCIAL CONDUCT. OF THE 163 NEGRO YOUTHS WHO PARTICIPATED AT SOME TIME DURING THE PROGRAM, ONLY 42 WERE ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING WHEN THE PROGRAM TERMINATED, AND THE RANGE OF PARTICIPATION FOR THIS LATTER GROUP WAS FROM 16 WEEKS TO 130 WEEKS. SUBJECTS WERE ENTICED TO THE PROJECT BY OFFERS OF FOOD AND REFRESHMENT AND, ONCE THERE, WERE OFFERED A SYSTEM OF REWARDS, INCLUDING MONEY, FOR COMPLETING EDUCATIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL TASKS. WEEKLY EARNINGS RANGED UP TO $40 FOR SUCCESSFUL PARTICIPATION IN REMEDIAL PROGRAMED INSTRUCTION RANGING FROM THIRD TO 12TH GRADE LEVELS AND CLASSROOM AND WORK ACTIVITIES. ACADEMIC PROGRESS WAS ACHIEVED IN MATHEMATICS, ENGLISH, SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE, AND READING AND 13 OF 22 PARTICIPANTS WHO TOOK THE GENERAL EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEST PASSED, THUS BEING CERTIFIED AS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES. WORK CREWS OF EIGHT TO 10 PARTICIPANTS WERE SUPERVISED IN REFURBISHING SLUM HOUSING AS GENERAL WORK PREPARATION. A RECREATION PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WAS A TOTAL FAILURE. THERE WAS LITTLE SUCCESS IN EFFORTS TOWARD EMPLOYMENT OR JOB TRAINING, AND THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE THAT THE ANTISOCIAL OR DELINQUENT BEHAVIOR OF THE GROUP WAS DIMINISHED TO ANY SIGNIFICANT EXTENT. THE PARTICIPANTS WERE PRIMARILY INTERESTED IN "BEATING THE SYSTEM." IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT DELINQUENCY, UNDER-EDUCATION, AND UNEMPLOYMENT ARE RELATED TO EACH OTHER AND TO OTHER VARIABLES IN SUCH A WAY THAT A CHANGE IN ONE VARIABLE WILL NOT NECESSARILY PRODUCE A CHANGE IN OTHERS. (EM)
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Authoring Institution: Washington School of Psychiatry, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: District of Columbia; WASHINGTON