ERIC Number: ED344179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb-23
Reference Count: N/A
MacMentoring: Using Technology and Counseling with At-Risk Youth.
Casey, John A.; Ramsammy, Rima
The MacMentoring Project was designed to "hook" disenfranchised youth back into school by building self-esteem while teaching them transferable computer skills. The project was conceived with two key assumptions: adolescents have poor attendance, poor school behavior, and low self-esteem due, in part, to their poor response to previous teaching methods; and at risk adolescents have accumulated a multitude of negative experiences that have led them to feel powerless, inadequate, and unimportant. Adolescents (N=45) were randomly assigned to three groups in two school districts in northern California: one group involved in computer experiences with a school counselor; a second group involved with traditional group counseling with a school counselor; the third group not receiving any services. As the project is still under way, qualitative data are not available. These process comments and observations have been made: (1) on task behavior of the adolescents improved when they work with the computers; (2) some students ask for wordprocessing and graphics software which allows them to express creativity; (3) the nondirective counseling relationship with a computer focus has led to increased trust and self-disclosure between adolescent and counselor/graduate student; (4) when adolescents are placed with younger children they seem to display remarkably different personality characteristics; and (5) when adolescents are given increased expectations set by a younger child they seem to rise to the occasion. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Assisted Counseling
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the California Association for Counseling and Development (San Francisco, CA, February 20-23, 1992).