ERIC Number: ED306343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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School Children At-Risk.
Richardson, Virginia; And Others
The study described in this book examined at close range the experiences of 12 elementary school students (enrolled in two schools) who were considered at-risk within the context of their specific classroom and school. The meaning of at-risk status to the teachers and other school personnel is determined, and the interaction between the context created around this meaning and the students who had been identified as at-risk is studied. The book is divided into eight chapters. Chapter 1 defines the meaning of "at-risk" and outlines the design of the study. Chapter 2 provides a brief description of the target students and how they were selected. Chapters 3 to 5 analyze the nested cases of schools and classrooms, and the relationship between home and school. Chapter 6 addresses the issues of the identification and treatment of learning-disabled students and the heightening of a "specialist" flavor in schools. Chapter 7 provides a summary of the theoretical understandings of the social construction of at-risk status as this construction operates within broader social constraints that create a set of enduring dilemmas for those involved in education. The chapter also responds to the question, "Who is an at-risk student?" Chapter 8 provides a summary, and proposes a set of principles to be considered in reforming elementary schools to meet the needs of at-risk students. Eight tables and figures illustrate some of the data. Appendices provide the interview guidelines, and present at-risk student case studies. An 11-page list of references and an index are included. (BJV)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Environment, Definitions, Educational Environment, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Family School Relationship, High Risk Students, Labeling (of Persons), Learning Disabilities, Limited English Speaking, Models, Social Cognition, Student Characteristics, Teacher Attitudes
The Falmer Press, Taylor & Francis Inc., 242 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1906 ($44.00 hardcover--ISBN-1-85000-514-1; $20.00 paperback--ISBN-1-85000-515-X).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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