ERIC Number: ED186177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Motivating Migrant Secondary Students: "No One Can Stop You But Yourself".
Lynch, Robert E.
Studies show that 9 out of 10 migrant students do not complete their high school education. To identify the factors contributing to this high dropout rate, 350 migrant youths were surveyed to assess what they viewed as "good" programs and why they had dropped out of school. Most respondents noted some sort of sports activity as what they liked best about high school and academic classes as what they liked least. Programs of greatest interest were those offering job/career training. Reasons for dropping out were usually related to the need to work and family concerns. These and other study results are discussed at length in the first section of this document. Interviews with migrant students and excerpts from their letters and articles shed further light on the young people's experiences with secondary education. The second portion of the document describes nine exemplary programs for secondary level migrant students which offer such special services as financial and supportive college assistance, "hands on" work experience, vocational training, learn and earn incentives, and credit exchange between schools. Conclusions from the survey and review of the already existing programs list such needs as transfer of academic credit, stipended work experience, counseling and career education, and financial assistance for college, as well as trade school. (DS)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Demonstration Programs, Dropout Attitudes, Dropout Prevention, Dropouts, Educational Practices, High School Students, Migrant Education, Migrant Youth, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Financial Aid, Student Motivation, Surveys, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
National Educational Laboratory Publishers, Inc., 813 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78702 (Stock No. EC-081, $6.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.