ERIC Number: ED223388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Location Alteration on School Attendance of Chicano Gang Members.
Hunsaker, Alan C.
The study examined whether a change in school site affected the school attendance of 13 male Chicano gang members, 13 to 18 years of age, admitted to a community-based delinquency and gang violence prevention project. Since an active Alternative Studies Program, designed for students with special learning problems or for working students, already existed on certain school campuses, school officials were receptive to providing school services at selected sites outside of the established school campuses and to providing regular credits to students attending at the alternative locations. Upon entering the project, subjects were informed that a fully accredited educational service was offered at a site near their home barrio and were encouraged to attend school during available hours to earn credits toward high school graduation. Of the 13 Chicanos, 5 elected to return to school at the site within their home barrio and 4 did not take advantage of the alternative site because they were employed in work they found satisfying. Almost 40% of the Chicano gang members who had dropped out of school prior to entering the gang prevention program returned to school. The study demonstrated that alternative school sites can have a significant impact on the school attendance behavior of Chicano gang members. (NQA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: For related document, see RC 013 654