ERIC Number: ED296054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-9
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Evaluation of a Decision-Making Program to Improve School Success with At-Risk Middle School Students.
O'Sullivan, Rita G.
This study field-tested a decision-making program for groups of 20 at-risk seventh grade students who met for 45 minutes once a week for nine weeks to learn health and physical education, math, English, social studies, science, and decision-making. One hundred and five students, some of whom served as control group by not participating in the program, were studied. Although it was not found that participation in the program improved at-risk students' attendance, grades, behavior ratings, or disciplinary actions, the study did show that it was possible to easily identify at-risk students from existing school records. At-risk students in both the treatment group and the control group remained at risk. Observational and anecdotal data of students' participation in the program showed that students did receive benefits sufficient to make them willing to continue their involvement in the program, although their level of improvement was minimal. Two tables illustrate the data. A list of 17 references is included. (BJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988). Study conducted with support of the Research Council of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.