ERIC Number: ED347455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics of At-Risk Youth. Practitioner's Guide Series Number One: Texas Dropout Information Clearinghouse.
Stevenson, Lynn; Burger, Michael
The purpose of this guide is to help practitioners learn about the at-risk student and dropout problem, and to suggest strategies which increase the chances that those who are at risk of dropping out of school will complete formal education programs. The guide begins with a brief discussion of the extent of the problem and of the social and economic costs associated with people who enter adulthood without the advantage of a high school diploma. National trends as well as Texas statistics are presented. Next, the guide discusses the various characteristics which are associated with and can be used to help identify youth who have dropped out or who are likely to drop out of school. Accompanying each characteristic is a discussion of one or more strategies which have been reported to be effective in dropout prevention and recovery. Some of the topics covered include: (1) academic performance concerns and strategies to enhance academic achievement; (2) teacher involvement and local control; (3) program size; (4) tutoring and mentoring; (5) motivation and school climate concerns, as well as strategies to alter school climate and build student motivation; (6) alternative schools; (7) overage and developmental concerns; (8) strategies to promote parental involvement; (9) cultural differences; (10) language proficiency concerns; (11) self-esteem and social interaction concerns; and (12) strategies to help students who are pregnant, married, or who are parents. (ABL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.