ERIC Number: ED293969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-8
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Creating Effective Learning Environments for Disadvantaged Learners: Implications for the Design of Educational Programs.
Colvin, Shirley Beard
There is an urgent need for the development of learning environments that are especially suited to disadvantaged minority youth. Much of that which needs altering is the climate or atmosphere within existing schools. Determining the nature of this learning environment is a continuing problem in educational research. This document reports a study of educational climate using detailed case histories. Two black, male high school students were studied on the following factors; (1) home environment; (2) community setting; (3) work setting; (4) requests for assistance; (5) employers' evaluations; (6) self-assessments; (7) curriculum decisions; and (8) cumulative record Analysis of the case studies suggested the following considerations in developing more effective learning environments for disadvantaged students: (1) more qualitative studies are needed in this area; (2) caring, dedicated educators must be trained for this population; (3) non-traditional resources such as work-study must be tapped; (4) supplementary individual assistance must be offered; (5) a support network of social services must be maintained; and (6) innovative line items must be included in school budgets. Suggestions for implementation are given and figures show how the research was conducted. A list of references is included. (VM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).