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ERIC Number: ED278153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Our Other Youth: Handbook of Guidelines for Teachers and Other Adults Who Work with At Risk Kids and Discouraged or Defeated Learners.
Conrath, Jerry
This guide for educators who work with discouraged and defeated learners recommends ways to prevent problems and offers approaches to develop positive attitudes. The introduction dispels common fictions about discouraged learners. Part 1, "Profiles of Our Other Youth: Discouraged and Defeated Learners," describes behavioral and life situations, including low self-confidence, fragile home lives, and a perception of success as a matter of luck or task simplicity. "Harmful Adult Reactions and Behavior," part 2, recommends flexible strategies and avoidance of subtle behaviors that develop discouragement. Part 3, "Helpful Adult Reactions and Behavior," enumerates strategies: expect success, insist on responsibility, and emphasize real cause and effect relationships. Teachers should stress concepts and reward practical strengths. "Diversity in Learning and Teaching," part 4, discusses understanding and responding to different learning and teaching styles. Part 5, "Goal Settings, Attaining, Scoring," recommends goal strategies and offers an attainment worksheet. "Working with Abrasive Kids and Building Responsibility," part 6, focuses on difficult behaviors and their causes. Part 7, "Conflict Resolution with Discouraged Kids," identifies types of conflicts and the adult's problem-solving role. "Final Guidelines" outlines methods involved in working with discouraged students, including encouraging a sense of control and avoidance of patronizing. Sources are appended. (CJH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A