ERIC Number: ED341200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-11
Reference Count: N/A
African-American Males Experiencing School Failure: Alternative Self-Concept Model for Special Educators.
Obiakor, Festus E.; Fowler, W. Rodney
This paper describes Project Self-Responsibility, an innovative approach to reaching African-American male at-risk students and helping them become more self responsible, self determined, self reliant, and self productive. This 1-year project involved 32 students from 1 elementary and 2 high schools in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The project utilized an "operational" self concept model. Key techniques of the project included direct teaching, modifying the environment, employing intrinsic motivation, and helping to put failure in perspective. A questionnaire with 24 open-ended questions addressing self knowledge, self esteem, and self ideal was administered. Results indicated that no project student dropped out of school during the year and that students improved in decision making skills, self knowledge, responsibility, and social attitudes. Includes 32 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: African Americans
Note: Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children's Topical Conference on At-Risk Children and Youth (New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1991).