ERIC Number: ED373300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-3
Reference Count: N/A
Designing Peer Outreach Groups To Empower At Risk Junior and Senior High School Students.
Coleman, Roslyn B.
Peer action groups generally begin with adults who form a peer group because they are participating in the education or parenting of a common group of teenagers. This paper contains seven sections which address questions connected with establishing peer outreach groups for junior and senior high school students: (1) Who are "at-risk adolescents?" A developmental perspective; (2) How can group therapy methods be modified for school action groups? (3) What are the components of effective grouping to promote adolescent development? (4) What are our School Community Action Needs? (5) How do schedules and job descriptions affect peer group empowerment? (6) What are the differences and similarities between consultation and collaboration? and (7) How do these ideas work in practice? Numerous examples taken from a high school's peer action groups address these questions. Six appendixes provide further information on peer groups and include methods for adapting group therapy techniques to the classroom, ways to foster parent participation, a detailed example of group problem solving in a low functioning math class, specifics on a group program for transfer students, examples of school scheduling, and information on a school psychology internship program. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Peer Support Groups; Student Empowerment
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (26th, Seattle, WA, March 4-5, 1994).