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ERIC Number: ED221009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
School Achievement and Juvenile Delinquency: A Review of the Literature.
Reiter, Madeline
The paper reviews research investigating the relationship between delinquency and school achievement, with particular emphasis on literature published since 1971. Individual sections address studies on incarcerated youth, the relationship between student track positions and delinquency, the responsibility of schools as a social institution, common etiologies in delinquents and low school achievers, speculations on typology, and proposed educational solutions. Noted among findings are that 42% of the populations in juvenile corrections institutions are comprised of handicapped children as described in P.L. 94-142 (the Education for All Handicapped Children Act); that a lower incidence of delinquency is found with individuals who participate in extracurricular activities; and evidence shows that social class variables are causal in nature, and the children having certain class characteristics, also identified as learning disabled, should be considered high risk for delinquency. Other findings cited are that academic achievement (particularly in the area of reading) has been associated with delinquent behavior, a lag in neurological development and deficiencies in attention span are evident in students with antisocial behavior disorders, and youth who have a low success rate are very vulnerable to participating in delinquent behavior. Proposed educational solutions include observing caution to avoid labeling children with academic deficiencies as "predelinquent," exploring the creative potential of delinquent children, and augmenting traditional content-ladened lectures with additional visual stimuli. (SW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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