ERIC Number: ED329068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Project Inspire: An Intervention for Underachieving Gifted Students.
Ribich, Frank M.; Barone, William P.
Sixteen underachieving gifted students at Oliver High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were identified for a pilot program called Project Inspire, which sought to improve student achievement and build self-esteem, especially for disadvantaged Afro-American students. Teachers were selected as mentors for the students, and the mentors were trained in causes of underachievement and motivational strategies. Teachers/mentors and students took part in self-esteem, motivational, and goal-setting exercises. Tutoring sessions were arranged, and a reward system was introduced. Based on students' comments during interviews following the program's implementation, Project Inspire has been successful in accomplishing its goals. Recommendations are offered for program improvement. (JDD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academically Gifted, Black Students, Demonstration Programs, Gifted Disadvantaged, High Schools, Intervention, Mentors, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Rewards, Self Esteem, Student Improvement, Student Motivation, Tutorial Programs, Underachievement, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Afro Americans; Pittsburgh School District PA; Project Inspire PA