ERIC Number: ED194852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
At Risk for School Failure. A Comparison of the Competence and the Performance Under Stress of At-Risk and Normal Seventh Graders.
A student with a poor school history may differ from his or her classmates not only in academic skills but also in the expectation of future success. Seventh grade students (N=51) identified by teachers as at-risk for school failure because of their previous school performance were compared with an equal number of normal classmates on measures of cognitive, academic, and affective competence as well as on a measure of performance under test-like conditions. The at-risk group was found to be significantly less able, more anxious, less confident and with fewer coping strategies than controls. Approximately 30% of both at-risk and normal group showed depressed performance when they thought they were taking a test. School failure, and even merely the threat of that failure, appear to have a detrimental affect on the subsequent school performance of young adolescents. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).