ERIC Number: ED289118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
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A Drop Out Prevention Program Utilizing Peer Group Counseling with Middle School Alternative Students.
Nenortas, Gint V.
A dropout prevention program was developed to address the needs of middle school alternative students, those students who have been labeled as severely disruptive and who fall into the high-risk category for potential dropouts. Many of the students have a history of physical violence, abusive language, truancy, and police arrests or juvenile detention records. The program was designed to reduce absenteeism by 30%, increase self-esteem by 30%, and increase positive school attitude by 30% through the use of peer group counseling. The setting was a self-contained alternative program with a student-teacher ratio of eight to one. Eighteen students completed the program during its 10-month implementation period. An analysis of data compiled over that time showed a 14% decrease in truancy and a 16% average gain in self-esteem. There was a 26% positive gain in student attitudes toward school between pretest and mid-year test while all variables were constant. A comparison of the mid-year test and posttest results showed a 25% negative decrease in positive school attitude, influenced by an unexpected administrative and disciplinary code change at mid-year. The program was instrumental in uncovering a series of obstacles to the institution of peer group counseling within an alternative education program. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Universtiy.