ERIC Number: ED368631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Arts and the At-Risk Child: A School and Community Partnership.
Johnson, Robert E.; Barry, Nancy H.
A project initiated by the Auburn University (Alabama) program in music education in the College of Education and the Auburn University Cooperative Extension Service brought together school and community groups from targeted communities in Alabama to plan a conference to initiate thinking and develop action strategies for enriching the lives of at-risk youth through the arts. The impetus for the project arose from the school dropout rate of 24% for Alabama secondary students in 1989-1990. Planning sessions produced a conference outline focusing on four areas: (1) identify the target population for the conference; (2) conference agenda; (3) evaluate/synthesize conference results; and (4) expected outcomes. Communities organized in advance of the conference received data gathering kits organized into four parts, accompanying questions, and the process needed to answer the questions. The conference goals were to: (1) provide rationales for proposing the use of the arts to address problems of youth-at-risk and school dropouts; (2) begin or complete the inventory for resources found in the kit; and (3) begin networking activities. An evaluation of the conference suggested participants believed in the role of the arts in working with at-risk youth and in the relevance to their community. The action phase of the process continued in each of the communities and addressed future directions from this work. (CK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alabama; Auburn University AL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-25, 1992).